102. Creef Cut Trail

This trail takes you through pond pine/shrub pocosin and fresh water marsh habitats. Depending on the time of year, flowers or seedpods may be present. Many plants in the pond pine/shrub pocosin are evergreen; some bear needles and some bear broad leaves. The needle-bearing evergreen plants include loblolly pine and pond pine. The evergreen broadleaf plants are mainly shrubs and include red bay and wax myrtle. One needle-bearing tree, the bald cypress, is deciduous and drops its needles in the fall. The bald cypress produces seeds in a woody ball. There are many deciduous trees in the pocosin including red maple and sweetgum, as well as a variety of vines and shrubs, each contributing to the value of the habitat. The large tan vines growing up the sides of the trees are trumpet creeper vines. The leaves and flowers are often hidden in the canopy of the forest. The orange trumpet-shaped flowers are an important food source for hummingbirds. Other vines include greenbriers that produce fruit as well as thorny cover and grapes that provide fruit and dense tangles of vines. The plants in the fresh water marsh are either tolerant of being inundated with fresh water for extended periods of time or are floating plants. The dominant plant in the freshwater marsh is sawgrass, the same grass that occurs in the Florida Everglades. There are many other plants including narrowleaf cattail, arrow arum, duck potato, pickerelweed, and water lily. The arrow arum, duck potato, and pickerelweed all produce flowers that attract pollinating insects and produce fruit and seed that is consumed by wildlife.