Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site Topo Map

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At 16.5 feet above sea level, Lignumvitae Key enjoys one of the highest elevations in the Keys. It contains one of the last virgin tropical hammocks of typical West Indian trees, including the endangered lignumvitae, which can live a thousand years. Lignumvitae is an incredibly durable wood said to outlast steel or bronze, thanks to its rich resins. Some very fanciful myths surround the tree. In the fifteenth century it was cataloged as a tree found in the Garden of Eden and said to be the wood used to make the Holy Grail (though other sources say the grail was of metal). In the Bahamas, lignumvitae is still known as holywood and is said to cure impotence. The thick forest hammock contains an estimated 133 different tree species: gumbo-limbo, poisonwood, and strangler fig, all true natives of the Caribbean. It’s believed they arrived here as seeds from other tropical islands, carried by waves, wind, or in the digestive tracts of migratory birds. The seeds sprouted and began the endless cycle of birth, death, and decay that transformed this once-barren coral island to a miniature jungle. Many islands of the Upper Keys once contained similar growth, but unfortunately it was deliberately destroyed for one of the most bizarre reasons imaginable: to increase the value of the snails collected from the different hammocks.
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Islamorada, Florida

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