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Christian

Santa Rosa County, Florida, USA

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Hi,

the last section of our trip was driving from Alabama through Florida to Orlando from which we flew home. We hoped to see our first red S. flava there and we did not get disappointed. The following pictures have been taken on different habitats all in Santa Rosa County.

We found the first plants in a road side ditch on the way to the actual location we wanted to visit.

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It was not too easy to find our actual site. The information we got from a friend was several years old and appearently some of the street names have changed since. Also, parts of the descriptions we had were not that exact to easily go out and find them. So, we had to develop a good plan the night before we wanted to go there.

Due to the plan we developed we finally found the place we were told it would be worth to go there. At first we only found some plants inside a fenced area, growing around/in a pond.

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But, on the other side of the road, invisible from the road, we found the firs S. flava of that day! There have been green and red S. flava. It was just amazing to see so many different plants growing on just a few square meters.

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There have also been some S. flava x leucophylla hybrids:

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We spent quite some time there, only forced to make a short break due to the heavy normal midday rain. We could have easily stayed there much longer, but we had to leave as we wanted to check out other locations too that day.

The next one we found was again on a pond (i think, it's actually a beaver dam). We could not reach the S. flava well, but there were also some U. gibba (at least i think, they are that species) growing there:

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