Native species found in the sandhills, whether it be an insect, plant, or animal, have adapted to the presence of fire. One such fire adapted species is that of the Pond Pine. This species’ life cycle depends on fire for seed germination. The cones rely on fire to open and ensure successful germination. Because germination is prohibited if a cone falls on a thick fuel layer, having the adaptation of fire dependency ensures that the fuel layer has been reduced before the seed tries to establish itself. Timing of seed release thus coincides with the presence of fire to maximize survival.
For supplemental reading of fire adaptations please explore pgs. 9-10 at the following link:
Pond Pine, Adaptations