Common (Translated Scientific) Name: White Oak - Blackgum Sandstone Ridgetop Wet Forest
Colloquial Name: Sandstone Ridgetop White Oak Depression Forest
Hierarchy Level: Association
Type Concept: This community occurs in upland depressions on sandstone on ridgetops in the Cumberland Plateau of Alabama. Quercus alba and Nyssa sylvatica form an open canopy along with Quercus falcata and Carya glabra. Other species include Acer rubrum var. rubrum, Diospyros virginiana, Pinus taeda, Smilax rotundifolia, Smilax glauca, Andropogon virginicus, Dichanthelium sp., Chamaecrista nictitans, Hypericum hypericoides, and Dichanthelium dichotomum var. dichotomum.
Diagnostic Characteristics: No Data Available
Rationale for Nominal Species or Physiognomic Features:
Classification Comments: No Data Available
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Physiognomy and Structure: No Data Available
Floristics: Quercus alba and Nyssa sylvatica form an open canopy along with Quercus falcata and Carya glabra. Other species are Acer rubrum var. rubrum, Diospyros virginiana, Pinus taeda, Smilax rotundifolia, Smilax glauca, Andropogon virginicus, Dichanthelium sp., Chamaecrista nictitans, Hypericum hypericoides, and Dichanthelium dichotomum var. dichotomum.
Dynamics: No Data Available
Environmental Description: This community occurs in shallow depressions on sandstone ridgetops or saddles. These depressions are flooded continuously for a relatively short period of time in the late winter and early spring, and probably also refill after heavy rain events in other seasons. The ponding prevents most herbs from growing.
Geographic Range: This community is known only from the Cumberland Plateau of Alabama, but is probably more widespread.
States/Provinces: AL, TN?
|US Forest Service Ecoregions (1994/1995)|
Southeastern Mixed Forest Province
Confident or certain
Southern Cumberland Plateau Section
Confident or certain
Confidence Level: Low - Poorly Documented
Confidence Level Comments:
Greasons: These communities are apparently rare. They are subject to artificial deepening for wildlife water sources.
Concept Author(s): A.S. Weakley
Author of Description: A.S. Weakley
Version Date: 14Jun2000
- NatureServe Ecology - Southeastern United States. No date. Unpublished data. NatureServe, Durham, NC.
- Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.