Bristol in Liberty County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
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 (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.
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 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.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
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