Bristol in Liberty County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-46.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 30° 34.58′ N, 84° 56.921′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Florida, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from Torreya State Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol FL 32321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Fuller Warren (approx. 8.9 miles away); Sneads (approx. 9.2 miles away); Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group (approx. 10.2 miles away); Nicolls' Outpost (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Scott Massacre (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).
Also see . . . Torreya State Park. (Submitted on April 9, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
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
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.
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 3,353 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. 6. submitted on December 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.