Coastal Plain Plants

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Coastal Plain Plants provides current knowledge about the ecology and life history characteristics of plant species in the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain with an emphasis on the Greater Red Hills Region of northern Florida and southern Georgia. Content includes published sources and direct observations provided by expert contributors in the region.


Coastal Plain Plants seeks to complement existing plant databases by providing a forum for sharing information that is not limited to published literature. A wealth of knowledge is carried by the numerous experts and enthusiasts who observe, photograph, record, and study the relationship between plants and their environment, including habitat, germination requirements, seed dispersal, pollinators, herbivores, responses to fire, competitive interactions, and other life history characteristics. Contributors include plant ecologists, entomologists, plant pathologists, horticulturalists, wildlife biologists, soil scientists, herbalists, and other plant enthusiasts with knowledge of plants in the region.

The emphasis of the website is on the portion of the Coastal Plain centered on the Red Hills Region of northern Florida and southwestern Georgia and including the surrounding area, roughly east of the Apalachicola and Flint rivers and west of the Suwanee River, and from the Gulf of Mexico to Albany, Georgia, with the goal of expanding to the larger Coastal Plain. The Red Hills Region is geographically and biologically diverse, including clayhill, sandhill, and flatwoods pine communities, upland and ravine hardwood forests, basin swamps, alluvial wetland forests, marshes, coastal scrub, limestone glades, and other natural communities. Species include those ranging from locally endemic to having wide North American distributions.

Taxonomy follows Weakley, Alan S. (2015) Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States, University of North Carolina, unless cited otherwise.

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