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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bristol in Liberty County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Torreya Tree

Torreya Tree Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, March 10, 2009
1. Torreya Tree Marker
Inscription. In this vicinity on the Apalachicola River, Hardy Bryan Croom, pioneer Florida planter and botanist, discovered one of the rarest of coniferous trees, Torreya taxifolia circa 1835, and named it for Dr. John Torrey, prominent American botanist. Only four other species exist, but they are in the widely separated areas of China, Japan, and California. Croom’s promising botanical career ended in 1837 when he perished in the wreck of the steamship “Home” off Cape Hatteras.
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-46.)
Location. 30° 34.58′ N, 84° 56.921′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Florida, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from Torreya State Park Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol FL 32321, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sneads (approx. 9.2 miles away); Nicolls' Outpost (approx. 10.2 miles away); Site of Ellicott's Observatory
Torreya Tree Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, March 10, 2009
2. Torreya Tree Marker
(approx. 10.4 miles away); Blunt Reservation and Fields (approx. 10.8 miles away); Cochranetown - Corakko Talofv (approx. 10.8 miles away); United States Arsenal (1832-1861) (approx. 11 miles away); Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 11.1 miles away); a different marker also named Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 11.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Torreya State Park. (Submitted on April 9, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
Additional comments.
1. Torreya Taxifolia — Florida Torreya
Text of interpretive panel shown on Photo No. 3.

This planting showcases Torreya taxifolia (Florida Torreya) which is the namesake for Torreya State Park. The Florida Torreya is one of the oldest tree species on earth. Fossil records indicate that this tree was once scattered throughout the Northern Hemisphere and is over 165 million years old!

The estimated population
Torreya Tree Marker Informative Sign Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, March 10, 2009
3. Torreya Tree Marker Informative Sign
of Florida Torreya in the Apalachicola River region once reached over 600,000 individuals. Most of the large trees were harvested during the first half of the 20th century for use as Christmas trees, riverboat fuel, shingles, and fence posts. Late in the 1950s the Florida Torreya experienced a severe population crash.

Today the Florida Torreya population is estimated to be around 200 individuals. With numbers this low, Florida Torreya is one of North America’s most critically endangered trees.

Florida State Parks in collaboration with the Atlanta Botanical Garden is working to save this unique plant species from extinction. Experimental outplantings of seed grown Torreya individuals have been established in selected ravines in Torreya State Park. This project supports the recovery plan developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for this endangered species.
    — Submitted April 10, 2009.

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Torreya State Park sign Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, March 10, 2009
4. Torreya State Park sign
Gregory House, a few hundred feet from Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, March 10, 2009
5. Gregory House, a few hundred feet from Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,897 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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