The Cypress Dome is a distinct area within a forested wetland that has a characteristic dome shaped look when seen from a distance. I got this picture of a small Cypress Dome that sits in a small lake in my homeowners community. It would look a lot better if they removed the other invasive trees that grow next to the native Cypress trees. The ecological community of trees usually is located on a piece of land that is lower in the middle than at the edges and has more standing water in the middle which makes the trees grow taller. Trees that make up a Cypress Dome are usually Bald Cypress, Pond Cypress, Swamp Gum, Red Maple, Sweet Bay, (Magnolia) Dahoon Holly, Swamp Bay, and Slash Pine. Ground cover of plants is usually less because of the presence of standing water. The Dept. of Environmental Protection of Florida describes the Cypress Domes in more detail. The vines growing up the trees in this picture are Old World Growing Ferns, an invasive weed that is often seen and should be removed. I have seen some great Cypress Domes on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University where they cleared the land of many of the invasive trees and left the native Slash Pine and other trees standing. FGCU has much of it’s land preserved as wetlands and dry prairies.
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