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Maritime hammock occurs on the leeward side of the coastal dune, along the
warm southeastern tip of Florida. A non-coniferous forest where the canopy is
composed of a large variety of tree species of tropical origin. Typical plants
include Sea Grape, Paradise Tree, Lancewood, Gumbo-limbo, Strangler Fig,
Poisonwood, Saw Palmetto, Beautyberry, Wild coffee, Myrsine, and Marlberry.
Migrating birds rely on these forests for food and shelter following
trans-oceanic or trans-gulf migrations.