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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Tropical Hammocks

Hardwood forests with broad-leaved evergreens are called hammocks. The tropical hammock ecosystem is restricted to South Florida, below the frost line, and contains plants and animals that live in no other place in the United States. 

The soils are well-drained, and therefore many forests have been converted into housing developments and towns. Visit the tropical hammocks at Everglades National Park, Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and Collier-Seminole State Park.

  • For the Contest

    Each year the contest takes on two ecosystems on a four-year rotation. At this station, when tropical hammocks is one of the featured ecosystems:

    • Juniors and Intermediates will answer multiple choice and true/false questions about each ecosystem.
      • To prepare, Juniors should read/watch the ecosystem slides; Intermediates should read the ecosystem description. 
    • Intermediates may be asked multiple choice and true/false questions that reference the four representative plant species for tropical hammocks:

    1) gumbo-limbo
    2) pigeon plum
    3) mastic
    4) strangler fig

    Junior Slides: 2023/2024 Ecosystem Slides

    Intermediate Description: Tropical Hammock Description

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