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Mahogany Hammock Nature Trail
Everglades National Park, Florida

This stretch of the Flamingo Road affords several canoe trail launch sites, and a boardwalk nature trail through mangrove forest at West Lake.Wikipedia: Everglades National Park on Wikipedia.

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Dwarf cypress

Dwarf cypress

Dwarfed pond cypress are the result of poor nutrient availablity in the shallow water in which they grow.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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Large mahogany trees can be seen along the Mahogany Hammock nature trail

Large mahogany trees can be seen along the Mahogany Hammock nature trail

Mahogany Hammock is an example of the tropical hardwood forests that grow on small islands in the Everglades. The largest mahogany tree in the country is found here.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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The largest mahogany tree in the country is here at Mahogany Hammock

The largest mahogany tree in the country is here at Mahogany Hammock

A few large trees, live oaks and mahogany, are scattered through the jungly growth of the hardwood hammocks. The tree with orange bark is a gumbo limbo.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Many types of ferns are found in the hardwood hammocks

Many types of ferns are found in the hardwood hammocks

Fens large and small are very abundant in the hardwood hammocks.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Sabal palms are a dramatic feature of the understory

Sabal palms are a dramatic feature of the understory

Saw palmetto, sabal palm, and paurotis palm are distinctive elements of the dense growth of tropical trees and shrubs in the hardwood hammocks.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Natural moat at Mahogany Hammock

Natural moat at Mahogany Hammock

A natural moat surrounds most hardwood hammocks. Acid from decaying vegetation in the dense jungly forest drains outwards and dissolves the adjacent limestone.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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