Officially it’s the Cardinal Wild Pine Bromeliad,
More usually I just say Cardinal Plant.
Even if they are a fairly common sight.
Only at this particular spot — just across the east side of the L28 Levee — they were shockingly abundant, which had me scratching my head as to why?
But that’s only a hunch.
That’s in contrast to what I normally see on the other side of the levee in the Big Cypress proper:
Water pools in the cypress even when the prairies go dry. (See video)
There’s more questions than answers in the swamps …
And almost as many Cardinal plants!