House 12- Florida Everglades

Florida Everglades House 12
This immersive exhibit showcases the importance of maintaining wetlands, the natural water filtration system of the world. Highlights include native habitats, a vivarium, mangrove trees and a honey bee observation hive.

What can you find in this greenhouse?

Sea Grape, Coccoloba uvifera - Sea grapes are flowering plants native to coastal beaches throughout the tropical Americas, including Florida. Although it is not related to the grapes we eat, it does produce green fruits that grow in grape-like clusters. Recently, they have become integral to the survival of sea turtles. Sea grapes that grow along the shore block light from houses and streets from hitting the beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. Upon hatching, sea turtle babies are naturally drawn towards light. The densely packed sea grape plants ensure that they are not accidentally drawn inland by city lights and are instead drawn by the natural light reflected in the ocean.

Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle - Red mangroves are one of over 50 species found throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world. They are typically found in wetland regions and thrive in brackish water. Mangroves are easily recognized by their tangled roots that provide important shelter and food for many different animal species living in the Everglades.

Magnolia ‘Little Gem,’ Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ - This magnolia is a cultivar of the southern magnolia, which is native throughout the Southeastern United States. It is known for its beautiful, white fragrant leaves. Magnolia leaves are dark green and are covered with a layer of wax, giving them an almost leathery texture.