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WILD TURKEY

Ranging throughout the central and eastern portions of North America, wild turkeys can be found foraging in large flocks through open woods and clearings.

Very large and dark with a narrow neck and small head. The tailfeathers on turkeys from the eastern United States are rufus tipped. Southwestern North American populations have white-tipped tailfeathers. The smaller and darker Osceola wild turkey is found throughout most of the Florida peninsula.



LARGELEAF GRASS-OF-PARNASSUS

A rare perennial herb of shaded stream banks, boggy cypress stands, and white cedar swamps, occurring in only four Florida counties: Liberty and Franklin in the panhandle and Marion and Putnam in the north-central peninsula.

The range extends throughout the southeastern United States, west into Texas and Oklahoma, with the northern extent Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. In many of these states it is only found in one or a few counties. Parnassia grandifolia is listed as endangered in Florida and Kentucky, threatened in North Carolina and a species of special concern in Tennessee.
During much of the year only the basal rossette of long-petiolate leaves are apparent. The leaves are round to ovate with palmate veins. The distinctive flowers appear in the fall at the top of long leafless stalks and have five white petals, each with 5-9 slightly branched, bright green veins. The ovary is greenish and the anthers are reddish.
Purchase Prints of Pocosin Manifest by Paul Rebmann Purchase Prints of Pocosin Manifest #2 by Paul Rebmann



TIMBER RATTLESNAKE

Timber rattlesnakes are only found in 8 or 9 counties of the north Florida peninsula.

There have also been reports from the upper Apalachicola River area. In Florida the preferred habitat includes low bottomlands, riverbeds, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, swamps and cane thickets. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States west into central Texas and north to southeastern Minnesota and southern Maine.
Also known as canebrake rattlesnakes, the adult length is typically from one to 1.5 meters. There is a reddish-brown stripe running down the center of the back, interrupted by a series of chevron-like black crossbands on the pinkish-gray or tan body. Some individuals also have a dark, sometimes reddish-brown, stripe on the side of the head. This venomous snake should be given a wide berth and left alone. It can often easily be over looked, especially if it does not rattle.



TURKSCAP MALLOW

This popular landscape plant also known as mazapan, is an introduced species that is now found throughout most of the central and southern penninsula of Florida, plus Franklin County in the panhandle.

Native to an area from Mexico to Brazil, it is an exotic in Florida, Texas, Hawaii and Puerto RIco.
A relative of the hibiscus, the bloom is similar, except that the petals of the drooping flowers remain closed and overlapping in a spiral. There are two species of Malvaviscus in Florida, both exotic. The undersides of the leaves of M. penduliflorus are glabrate, while the underside of the leaves on M. arboreus are pubescent.



STRAIGHT NEEDLE-PTEROPOD

This tiny pelagic snail ranges throughout the world's oceans.

The straight needle pteropod shells shown here washed up on some Florida east coast beaches after a pair of hurricanes passed through the Atlantic Ocean. The masses of clear shells resembed shredded fiberglass in the wrack line.
When alive, a pair of winglike appendages extend from the wide end of the conical shells, allowing limited up and down mobility in the water. They extend a web of mucus suspended in the water above them that catches very small phytoplankton. When full, the web and food particles are pulled into the organism and digested.
The Creseis acicula shells are nearly straight and reach a maximum length of about 33 mm. Note the common coquina shell in the photo as a size comparison. The 'pebbles' are grains of coquina sand. Purchase Beach Needles and Coquina by Paul Rebmann



SWAMP LEATHER-FLOWER

Seven species of Clematis occur in Florida. One is an erect herb and the other six are vines, including this one - C. crispa.

Lacking petals, the four petallike sepals are bluish-purple, with crispate edges and often reflexed tips. The flowers are solitary, nodding at the end of long pedicels. The leaves are opposite, pinnately compound, usually with 3-5 linear to ovate leaflets, but sometimes more.
This perennial climbing or trailing vine of floodplain forests and wet hammocks is found throughout the Florida panhandle and most counties of the northern and central peninsula. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States, west into Texas and Oklahoma, and north into Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia.