Natural communities within the Apalachicola River WEA are home to a number of rare plants. Pictured is white-birds-in-a-nest with its distinct showy white flowers that bloom from May to mid-July. Listed as endangered by Florida and threatened by the federal government, white-birds-in-a-nest(1) is endemic to wet to mesic flatwoods in the Florida panhandle. Other rare plants in or adjacent to the Apalachicola River WEA include West's flax(2), a member of the mint family with pretty, pale yellow flowers that bloom from May through July; Carolina grass-of-parnassus (3), a perennial herb that produces a solitary white, veined flower in November, and Florida skullcap(4), an odorless mint endemic to the Apalachicola River lowlands with inch-long blue-purple flowers that bloom from April through May.

Flower: White-birds-in-a-nest
(1) Gary Knight - White-birds-in-a-nest

Skullcap
(4) Gil Nelson - Florida skullcap

Carolina Grass of Parnassus
(3) Gary Knight - Carolina grass-of-parnassus

Flower: West's Flax
(2) FNAI - West's flax



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