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WEC261: The Florida Scrub-Jay: A Species in Peril

Figure 4. Fire-maintained xeric (dry) oak scrub provides excellent habitat for Florida Scrub-Jays. This habitat type is dominated by short, stunted scrub oaks scattered among patches of open sand, and lacks an overstory of sand pines (Pinus clausa). The dominant understory plants are myrtle oak (Quercus myrtifolia), Chapman's oak (Q. chapmanii), sand-live oak (Q. geminata), scrub holly (Ilex opaca var. arenicola), scrub plum (Prunus geniculata), scrub hickory (Carya floridana), rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides), and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens).

Credit: Steve A. Johnson