River Swamps

bottomland hardwoods, photo by Larry KorhnakRiver swamps have a shorter hydroperiod than stillwater swamps and a perceptible flow rate for at least a part of each year.

These wetlands constitute about one-third of Florida's swampland and are found primarily in north Florida. Reduced topography and abrupt changes in soil type in Florida river swamps may "blur" individual vegetation zones. This ecological diversity likely makes river swamps the most diverse of Florida swamps.

alligator, photo by Julie Anne Ferguson DemersRiver swamps may occupy the floodplains of: