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South Florida Aquatic Environments

Freshwater Marshes



FRESHWATER MARSHES
Freshwater Marsh Surrounded by Sawgrass
© Cathleen Bester/FLMNH
Freshwater Marsh Surrounded by Sawgrass


Freshwater marshes include:

Freshwater Marshes

  • Marshes are wetlands that flood with water and are dominated by plants adapted to wet soils
Large stretches of freshwater marsh exist throughout the Everglades, providing valuable wildlife habitat. Marshes are defined as wetlands that are flooded with water and dominated by grasses and sedges as well as other plants that are adapted to saturated soils.

Marsh within the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge
© Cathleen Bester/FLMNH
Loxahatchee Marsh

Within these marshes, plant communities are variable due to local geology, hydrology, and fire. Marsh habitats are categorized into the following:

These communities provide habitat that allows for the survival of wildlife during even times of flooding and drought.

Everglades Marsh
courtesy South Florida Water Management District
Everglades Marsh