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A.R.M .Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge


 

The Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

 

Swamp Fern
Swamp Fern

 

Don't forget to look down when you are walking on the boardwalk! All along the way, there are many ferns and small aquatic plants thriving in the swamp.

 

 

 

The constant moisture and shade are ideal for fern growth. Many different species can be found along the trail.

 

Marsh Fern
Marsh Fern

Cinnamon Fern
Cinnamon Fern
(Osmunda cinnamomea)

Royal Fern
Royal Fern
(Osmunda regalis)

 

Ladder Brake
Ladder Brake
(Pteris bahamensis)

 

Resurrection Fern
Resurrection Fern
(Polypodium polypodioides)

 

The Resurrection fern growing on this cypress tree is amazing. When there is sufficient moisture, it appears green and healthy. In times of drought, it shrivels up and appears dead and brown. When the rains return, it comes back to life and looks green again!

 

 

Lichens are made up of 2 or more organism growing in symbiosis. It can be a fungus with algae or cyanobacteria.

Baton Rouge Lichen
Baton Rouge Lichen
(Herpothallon rubrocinta)

 

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