Scrub And High Pines

Philip Curtis

Introduction

Scrub and High Pines are mostly Droughty, Sandy, Low-fertility soils. It has hilly uplands.

Abiotic Factors

  • Droughty
  • Sandy
  • Low fertility soils
  • Hilly uplands
  • Scrub dependent on infrequent, high-intensity fires
  • High pine dependent on frequent, low-intensity fires

Biotic Factors

  • Shrubby evergreen oaks
  • Longleaf pine
  • Deciduous oaks
  • Turkey oak
  • Wiregrass
  • Several thousand species of arthropods
  • Florida scrub lizard
  • Florida scrub jay
  • Blue-tailed mole skinks
  • Gopher tortoise
  • Florida black bear
  • White-tailed deer
  • Bobcat
  • Gray fox
  • Spotted skunk
  • Raccoon
  • Red-cockaded woodpecker
  • Bobwhite quail
  • Fox squirrel
  • Gopher tortoise

Impact on Humans

Ecosystem rare even prior to European settlement after earlier losses to agriculture now threatened primarily by real estate development. 6.5 million board feet of virgin longleaf pine removed in Florida in late 1800s and early 1900s does not regenerate well very few good examples of old growth longleaf pine remain.