Tropical hardwood hammock forests are found in the southern half of Florida, with large concentrations in the Florida Everglades and in the Florida Keys. South Florida hardwood hammocks develop only in areas protected from fire, flood and salt water and on limestone outcrops or "ridges" several feet above water level. The roots of the trees must be out of the water and must have adequate aeration. A tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem is complex and critical to the health of the Florida Everglades.
Gumbo-limbo Hardwood - Photo by Kim Nix