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