Plants and Animals

Rosary Pea

Rosary Pea

Abrus precatorius, commonly known as rosary pea, is a herbaceous flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae. It is found along the length of the trail.

The plant is best known for its seeds which are used as beads and in percussion instruments. The seeds are poisonous and the ingestion of a single seed, well chewed, can be fatal.   More...

Ipil Tree

Ipil Tree

Leucaena leucocephala is a small, fast-growing mimosoid tree. Common names include ipil-ipil, white leadtree, jumbay, river tamarind, subabul, and white popinac.

The legume is promoted in several countries of Southeast Asia as a source of quality animal feed. L. leucocephala is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species by the Invasive Species Specialist Group.   More...

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Growing in many places along the trail, poison ivy is a Eastern North American flowering plant that is well-known for causing contact dermatitis, an itchy, irritating, and sometimes painful rash, in most people who touch it.

The plant is identified by three almond-shaped leaflets that alternate right and left on the vine. Leaf color ranges from light green to dark green, turning bright red in fall. The leaflets are 1.2 to 4.7 inches long but can sometimes be up to 12 inches.   More...

Brazilian Pepper Tree

Brazilian Pepper Tree

Brazilian peppertree is very common and found at every point along the trail. It is one of the most aggressive and widespread species of invasive, non-indigenous plants in Florida and park rangers regularly work to remove them.

It is a bushy shrub or small tree that can grow to over 30 feet in height. The leaves are arranged alternately with 1 to 2 inch long, elliptic, and finely toothed leaves. The fruits are in clusters that are initially green, but become bright red when ripe.   More...

Florida Worm Lizard

Florida Worm Lizard

Wormlizards are neither worm, lizard, or snake but are a unique species. Wormlizards look like large, pink or white earthworms but are larger than earthworms, and can be up to 14 inches long. Florida Wormlizards spend their entire lives underground but are occasionally forced above ground by heavy rains and are sometimes seen on paved surfaces. Florida Wormlizards are completely harmless.   More...