A marsh pink flower thrives in nutrient-poor dead pond scum -- periphyton, a microbial community composed of blue-green algae, bacteria and fungi -- where other plants could not survive along J. W. Janes Memorial Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The prairie land where this flower lives will be submerged during much of the wet season. The periphyton is a fundamental component of the Everglades food web.

Photo by Garrett Hubbard, Daily News

A marsh pink flower thrives in nutrient-poor dead pond scum -- periphyton, a microbial community composed of blue-green algae, bacteria and fungi -- where other plants could not survive along J. W. Janes Memorial Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The prairie land where this flower lives will be submerged during much of the wet season. The periphyton is a fundamental component of the Everglades food web.

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