Goethe State Forest is in the southeastern portion of Levy County in Morriston FL, north of Dunnellon and includes the Rainbow River. With more than 15 habitats, Carex species grow in all except deepwater aquatic. Of the approximate 35 Carex species known in the Central Gulf Coast, five were found at Goethe State Forest: C. fissa var. aristata Mack., C. gholsonii Naczi and Cochrane, C. godfreyi Naczi,
C. longii Mack., and C. lupuliformis Sartwell ex Dewey. Comparisons were made to the Carex species that grow in Devil’s Hammock Wildlife Management Area and the Waccasassa Bay State Preserve, both in Levy County.
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