The Scrub in Seacrest Scrub

Seacrest Scrub Natural Area, Palm Beach County


There are two basic habitat types at Seacrest Scrub Natural Area: scrubby flatwood and scrub. This is scrub. The difference? The absense of trees. We'd guess that scrub makes up about 25 percent of Seacrest's 54 acres, and the biggest chunk of it lies along its eastern boundary. Scrubs are dry places, low in nutrients, so the plants that survive here need to be able to withstand the harsh conditions. Saw palmetto is the dominant plant seen in the photo, but other plants include love vine, greenbriar, common pawpaw, pricklypear and toadflax. In the northeast corner lies a small patch of burrowing four o'clock, state-listed as endangered, can be found in the northeast corner. The plants were in Seacrest at the time the county bought the land; they were there when we first visited the area in 2013 and they're still there. Back to the Beginning.


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Photographs by David Sedore. Photographs are property of the publishers and may not be used without permission.