The Florida gopher tortoise is listed as a Threatened Species. Please look under your car when backing out of parking spaces, drive slowly and stay on marked trails or the boardwalk. 

Sword Fern aka Wild Boston Fern

(Nephrolepis exalta)

Sword ferns typically grow near swamps and in tropical forests, on hammocks and along roadsides. This plant, also known as a wild Boston fern, became a popular indoor plant back in the Victoria era of the 19th century. It’s an herbaceous (nonwoody) evergreen plant that grows upright. The plant’s leaves are known as fronds and grow in clusters from the base. Its bright green fronds have an elliptical outline and are arranged alternately. These ferns are beneficial in purifying the air and filter out unhealthy air pollutants.

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