January Field Trip

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Estimated time: 3 hours.

Car-pooling is recommended as parking limited for approximately four vehicles is located at the Robertson Trail entrance located west of I-275, east of Livingston Avenue, north of Sunset Road and south of County Line Road. Currently the parking area uses a fence to contain cars, and there is a walk-through gate. Robertson Trail itself is very narrow and thus limits parking on the side of the road without partially blocking the road.

From the walk-through gate, the trail leads through open fields to oak/magnolia/hickory/sabal palm hardwood hammocks where interesting flora abounds including Thelypteris ovata (Ovate maidenfern) the endemic Pluchea longifolia (Longleaf camphorweed) and Burmannia biflora (Bluethread).  The canopy covering the trail is decorated with epiphytic ferns, orchids and Tillandsia sp.   The trail terminates at an open field adjacent to the west side of I-275.  This is an easy hike, though chances are good we’ll veer off the trail here and there.

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  • Hany

    Thank you for enjoyable trip field. I met interesting people and interesting plants.
    please see below the link that we talked about, you will be welcome.
    http://www.meetup.com/Smart-Healthy-Lifestyle/events/159234732/

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Devon

      Hany, It was very enjoyable meeting you and thanks for the link!!!

      1 · January 27, 2014

    • Hany

      My pleasure.

      January 27, 2014

  • Donna B.

    The field trip was fantastic, as usual. I really liked the blue butterwort we found. Great turnout, and quite a few new faces. Fun!

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • Joel D.

    Great!

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Devon

      Nice meeting you Joel! Hope we see you again on another field trip or meeting. Thanks for contributing your knowledge and helping identify plants.

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Donna B.

    I have been chained to a chair and computer this week, so I am looking forward to this field trip..see you all tomorrow!

    January 25, 2014

    • Devon

      Me too! I understand.

      January 25, 2014

  • Terri

    Where will you be meeting for carpooling?

    January 17, 2014

    • Devon

      Terri, We will be meeting at The Reading Corner at 19215 Livingston Ave, Lutz at 9AM this Sunday, Jan 26th. It is less than a mile to the Preserve entrance where parking is very limited. We will carpool to the entrance. See you there!

      January 24, 2014

    • Terri

      Thanks! Looking forward to it!

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I will have to cancel for this one. Hopefully I can make it next month.

    January 21, 2014

    • Devon

      We will miss you. Log in next week for pictures!

      January 21, 2014

  • Donna B.

    Terri, Bob and I live in Valrico as well. Perhaps we can carpool to Lutz together. Please email me at [masked] and we will fiquer it out.

    January 21, 2014

  • Hany

    Hi, I can meet you in Lutz, I'll stay overnight in Lutz I just bought a house there, the house is in final stages of repairs but we can have coffee at my house after the tour.

    January 17, 2014

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