Sunday, April 28, 2013

Florida Species

Old Man's Beard - The scientific name for this is Usnea.  It is a lichen and in the family Parmeliaceae.  This is a funny plant because it looks just like an old man's beard.

American Alligator- I never knew the real name of the alligator was the American Alligator.  These alligators can be as long as 15 feet and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.  A good way to judge the length of an alligator is by looking at the length of its eyes to its nose.  This measure in inches is roughly the length of the alligator in feet.

Slash Pine- The scientific name for slash pine is Pinus elliottii.  Slash pine can be found on the East coast of the U.S. up to NC.  They grow fast and can live up to 200 years old.  The trunks of the trees look like someone slashed the entire tree. 

Black Mangrove- Black black checkerboard back.  This is how I can spot black mangrove from the other types.  This mangrove grows on both coasts and although we saw shorter mangroves, it can grow up to 50 feet.  It's bark contains tannin and can be used to tan leather. 

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