Slash pine (Pinus elliottii) grows in uplands or wetlands habitats. Areas dominated by slash pine are called flatwoods. Pine cone seeds are an important food for squirrels. Many insects hide in the ridged bark, which in turn attract birds and reptiles. Pine resin was once collected for turpentine.
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The Florida slash pine is fire-tolerant due to its scaly bark and long needles. This is an adaptation, or change, that helps the slash pine survive better in its environment. To find out more about the Pinelands habitat, visit the Florida Museum.