Ecosystems: Coastal Lowlands
Located between the tidal mud flats of Florida Bay and dry land, the coastal lowlands are a well-drained region of shrubby, salt-tolerant vegetation. Periodic flooding and the onslaught of heavy winds brought on by tropical storms and hurricanes keeps these areas markedly devoid of mangroves.
Salinity levels vary greatly among the lowlands, yielding a variety of salt-tolerant communities that thrive here. These communities are characterized by succulents and other low-growing, desert-like plants that can withstand the harsh growing conditions of the coast.
Did You Know?
The Everglades are often described as having only two seasons- the wet and the dry. Most hot summer days are punctuated by quenching afternoon thunderstorms that bring life-giving water to the park.