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  The Flower of a Cardinal Air Pine Air Plant
by KimberlyAnn

The Gumbo Limbo Trail is a paved 0.4 mile, self-guiding trail, that meanders through a shaded, jungle-like hammock of gumbo limbo trees. The trail penetrates the interior of Paradise Key Hammock, which is an elevated island where many species of native plants can be seen. Because of the slight elevation the ground is dryer, which is why sub-tropical hardwoods and creatures such as deer, foxes, and raccoon can live here. This trail is named for a tree with the peeling red bark. We saw the flowers of the Cardinal Wild Pine Epiphyte (air plant), large turtles, small lizards, and zebra butterflies.

Directions: The Gumbo Limbo Trail starts from the Royal Palm Visitor Center, located four miles from the main park entrance.

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2015
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