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Fagus grandifolia - Liquidambar styraciflua - Quercus (michauxii, nigra) Forest

The U.S. National
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Translated Name:American Beech - Sweetgum - (Swamp Chestnut Oak, Water Oak) Forest
Colloquial Name:South Atlantic Coastal Plain Beech Floodplain Forest
This levee or terrace forest of the Atlantic Coastal Plain is dominated by Fagus grandifolia, with Liquidambar styraciflua and some combination of the nominal Quercus spp. (Quercus michauxii, Quercus nigra) often codominating. Although they may be present, Liriodendron tulipifera and Betula nigra are usually not dominants in this community. Ilex opaca var. opaca is a prominent component of the subcanopy. Shrubs present include Leucothoe axillaris, Symplocos tinctoria, and Vaccinium elliottii. Vines are prominent in examples of this association; these include Berchemia scandens, Gelsemium sempervirens, Smilax laurifolia, Toxicodendron radicans, and Vitis rotundifolia. Scattered patches of Arundinaria gigantea may occur in examples of this community. Herbaceous species common in this association include Carex spp. and Mitchella repens.
No Data Available
The global range and range of variation of this community need to be further investigated.
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Short Citation:
  • Peet et al. unpubl. data
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group n.d.
States/Provinces:GA, SC
Nations:US
Range:This forest is found on levees or terraces in the Atlantic Coastal Plain of South Carolina and Georgia; its full range is not known.
US Forest Service Ecoregions
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Province Name:Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province
Province Code:232   Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
Section Name:Coastal Plains and Flatwoods, Lower Section
Section Code:232B     Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
No Data Available
This levee or terrace forest is dominated by Fagus grandifolia, with Liquidambar styraciflua and some combination of the nominal Quercus spp. (Quercus michauxii, Quercus nigra) often codominating. Although they may be present, Liriodendron tulipifera and Betula nigra are usually not dominants in this community. Ilex opaca var. opaca is a prominent component of the subcanopy. Shrubs present include Leucothoe axillaris, Symplocos tinctoria, and Vaccinium elliottii. Vines are prominent in examples of this association; these include Berchemia scandens, Gelsemium sempervirens, Smilax laurifolia, Toxicodendron radicans, and Vitis rotundifolia. Scattered patches of Arundinaria gigantea may occur in examples of this community. Herbaceous species common in this association include Carex spp. and Mitchella repens.
This forest is found on levees or terraces in the Atlantic Coastal Plain of South Carolina and Georgia.
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Authors:
M. Pyne and L. Gawin      Version Date: 29Jan1999


References:
  • Peet, R. K., T. R. Wentworth, M. P. Schafale, and A.S. Weakley. No date. Unpublished data of the North Carolina Vegetation Survey. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.


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Given the dynamic nature of the standard, it is possible a type description is incomplete or in revision at the time of download; therefore, users of the data should track the date of access and read the revisions section of the USNVC.org website to understand the current status of the classification. While USNVC data have undergone substantial review prior to posting, it is possible that some errors or inaccuracies have remained undetected.

For information on the process used to develop these descriptions see:

Faber-Langendoen, D., T. Keeler-Wolf, D. Meidinger, D. Tart, B. Hoagland, C. Josse, G. Navarro, S. Ponomarenko, J.-P. Saucier, A. Weakley, P. Comer. 2014. EcoVeg: A new approach to vegetation description and classification. Ecological Monographs 84:533-561 (erratum 85:473).

Franklin, S., D. Faber-Langendoen, M. Jennings, T. Keeler-Wolf, O. Loucks, A. McKerrow, R.K. Peet, and D. Roberts. 2012. Building the United States National Vegetation Classification. Annali di Botanica 2: 1-9.

Jennings, M. D., D. Faber-Langendoen, O. L. Louckes, R. K. Peet, and D. Roberts. 2009. Standards for associations and alliances of the U.S. National Vegetation Classification. Ecological Monographs 79(2):173-199.

FGDC [Federal Geographic Data Committee]. 2008. Vegetation Classification Standard, FGDC-STD-005, Version 2. Washington, DC., USA. [http://www.fgdc.gov/standards/projects/FGDC-standards-projects/vegetation/NVCS_V2_FINAL_2008-02.pdf]

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  • Implementation of the U.S. National Vegetation Classification Standard - Alexa McKerrow (amckerrow@usgs.gov)
  • NatureServe's Development of NVC Type Descriptions - Don Faber-Langendoen (don_faber- langendoen@natureserve.org)
  • Ecological Society of America's Review of the Type Descriptions Scott.Franklin@unco.edu
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee - Vegetation Subcommittee's Activities - Marianne Burke (mburke@fs.fed.us)