The Sarracenia Chapter offers this WILDFLOWER and Native Plant HIGHLIGHTS Guide to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge section of Ochlockonee Bay Bicycle Trail, Wakulla County, Florida. The section is 4.8 miles in length and is bordered entirely by permanently protected lands of St. Marks NWR.
Images: For slideshows of many selected wildflowers and native plants along the OB Bicycle Trail, by season, click the Galleries tab above.
A 543-acre property in two pieces, ORSP holds a nearly pristine tract of pine flatwoods and sandhills fronting the Ochlockonee River and other wide tidewater channels. Preservation of these plant communities by the Florida Park Service with conscientious management measures has been consistent with the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society.
The Park Service had compiled a plant list for ORSP through the years with the very limited resources it could commit to the job. Then Dr. Shirley Denton of FNPS visited and added many dozens of species to the list in 2010. Afterward Sarracenia Chapter members identified some 80 more species with their field work thru late 2018. They then made a compilation of all finds and the pre-existing list, tackled the demanding job of updating all plant nomenclature among the 487 species, and formatted this first flora ever produced by the Chapter. (The ORSP species count would pass 500 in mid-2019).