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Old 11-08-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Actually having "every species of palm trees under the sun" is one reason Florida is NOT the least diverse state. Not to mention tons of other kinds of trees, plants and wildlife.

One of the few states to have coral reefs, mangrove & cypress swamps, freshwater spring caves, numerous cities, and a very, very, very long coastline are some other reasons Florida is not the least diverse state either.

Anyway, I am suprised you do not like palm trees, most people love them.
I must say that Florida is the only state I've ever been to where you can lay out on the sand, at the beach, under the canopy of a pine forest!! (in Key West) Yah, wasn't much of a forest, LOL, but it was great shade for me while working on my "Oregon Tan".
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:07 PM
 
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Actually having "every species of palm trees under the sun" is one reason Florida is NOT the least diverse state. Not to mention tons of other kinds of trees, plants and wildlife.

One of the few states to have coral reefs, mangrove & cypress swamps, freshwater spring caves, numerous cities, and a very, very, very long coastline are some other reasons Florida is not the least diverse state either.

Anyway, I am suprised you do not like palm trees, most people love them.
Nice post. No one ever thinks of it that way.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:25 PM
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Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I think the least diverse is Nebraska.
The most dirverse is Washington.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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Exlude all of the coastal states, on each coast and Idaho probably takes the title of the most diverse state with her vast and varied landscapes. There are roadless forested/mountainess areas in Idaho that are larger than most New England states.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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Actually having "every species of palm trees under the sun" is one reason Florida is NOT the least diverse state. Not to mention tons of other kinds of trees, plants and wildlife.

One of the few states to have coral reefs, mangrove & cypress swamps, freshwater spring caves, numerous cities, and a very, very, very long coastline are some other reasons Florida is not the least diverse state either.

Anyway, I am suprised you do not like palm trees, most people love them.
Tropical foliage is some of the most diverse of all...of course year-round warm temperatures are going to make for a wider variety of flora.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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Texas Plains


Texas Panhandle

Guadalupe Peak

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Stout_2006_GuadalupeMountains_TX.jpg/800px-Stout_2006_GuadalupeMountains_TX.jpg (broken link)
Texas hill country

Texas Swamps
http://www.greglasley.net/Images/Cypress%20Swamp%200004.jpg (broken link)
Texas Deserts



Texas Forests

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Old 11-08-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: H-town!
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Actually having "every species of palm trees under the sun" is one reason Florida is NOT the least diverse state. Not to mention tons of other kinds of trees, plants and wildlife.

One of the few states to have coral reefs, mangrove & cypress swamps, freshwater spring caves, numerous cities, and a very, very, very long coastline are some other reasons Florida is not the least diverse state either.

Anyway, I am suprised you do not like palm trees, most people love them.
I like palm trees. They don't provide much shade but they look pretty cool though.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: H-town!
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Texas Plains


Texas Panhandle

Guadalupe Peak


Texas hill country

Texas Swamps

Texas Deserts



Texas Forests
Cool pictures! Those pictures and the many TX landscapes is why I put TX at number 2.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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There are a couple other states that fit under your criteria. I know Texas is one. New York may be the other although they don't have a desert.
Texas? Go west young man. Pick a west coast state. It ain't close.

Where the rain forest in Texas? Where's an Active Volcano in Texas? Where's the Ocean in Texas. (Gulf Doesn't really count) Where are the old growth Evergreens?
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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^Why does it bother you so much?

FYI, there is an ocean because the Gulf does count and just because it doesn't have a rain forest doesn't mean it doesn't have something else those states don't have. Diversity in landscape may not always be what you find pleasing, but it is still a difference.
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