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

Figure 7. Sand pine scrub habitat is dominated by an overstory of sand pine (Pinus clausa). Important understory plants include myrtle oak (Quercus myrtifolia), Chapman's oak (Q. chapmanii), sand-live oak (Q. geminata), and scrub holly (Ilex opaca var. arenicola). Prescribed fire is an important tool for managing this habitat, and sometimes produces even-aged stands of pines as seen here at the Juniper Prairie Wilderness of Ocala National Forest. (Notice the low-growing oaks beneath the pines, and the Florida Scrub-Jay perched in a pine at lower left).

Credit: Rolf Muller