Rare Species

Lands owned and managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District provide habitat for numerous plant and animal species, including several rare and imperiled biota. During the course of regular land management, it is important to know how management activities affect the native, natural communities. The District is committed to actively monitoring several populations of imperiled biota in order to track population responses to management. To do this, the District annually monitors rare plants and animals across the District.

Rare species occurrences are visited depending on the season when they are most active or visually distinct. For example, corkwood is listed by the state of Florida as threatened. This inconspicuous plant blooms in early spring, and is therefore monitored during that time period. Below is a list of all the imperiled biota monitored on District lands.


  • Angle Pod
  • Atamasco Lily
  • Bartram's Ixia
  • Beach Sunflower
  • Blue Butterwort
  • Broad Halberd Fern
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Chapman's Sedge
  • Coontie
  • Corkwood
  • Cranefly Orchid
  • Cutiss' Milkweed
  • Florida Mountainmint
  • Florida Spinypod
  • Flowering Crabapple
  • Giant Orchid
  • Godfrey's Swamp Privet
  • Green-fly Orchid
  • Gulf Hammock Indian Plantain
  • Variable-leaved Indian Plantain
  • Hooded Pitcherplant
  • Little Ladiestresses
  • Pinewoods Dainties
  • Sandhill Spinypod
  • Tinted Wood Spurge
  • Southern Tubercled Orchid
  • Trillium
  • Treat's Rain Lily


  • Bachman's Sparrow
  • Bald Eagle
  • Florida Mouse
  • Gopher Tortoise
  • Swainson's Warbler
  • Wading Bird Rookeries