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. 

Varnish Leaf

(Dodonaea viscosa)

This plant is native to Florida. The shiny green leaves have a varnished appearance that gives this plant its most widely used common name. The resinous coating is a protection against water loss. This allows the plants to be exceptionally drought tolerant. The yellowish-green flowers are borne in small clusters appearing summer and fall. The pendent fruit emerge green, turn yellow-green, then pink and red, and then brown as they mature.

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