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Association Detail Report: CEGL007321
Fagus grandifolia - Acer barbatum / Asimina triloba / Toxicodendron radicans / Carex blanda Forest

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Translated Name:American Beech - Southern Sugar Maple / Pawpaw / Eastern Poison-ivy / Eastern Woodland Sedge Forest
Colloquial Name:Piedmont Beech Levee Forest
This association represents temporarily flooded levee forests in the Piedmont of North Carolina and perhaps elsewhere (e.g., Georgia, South Carolina) which are dominated by Fagus grandifolia. Other species noted in a stand from New Hope Creek, North Carolina, include Acer barbatum, Asimina triloba, Toxicodendron radicans, and Carex blanda.
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Vegetation Hierarchy
Name:Database Code:Classification Code:
Class 1 Forest & Woodland C01 1
Subclass 1.B Temperate & Boreal Forest & Woodland S15 1.B
Formation 1.B.1 Warm Temperate Forest & Woodland F018 1.B.1
Division 1.B.1.Na Southeastern North American Forest & Woodland D006 1.B.1.Na
Macrogroup M008 Southern Mesic Mixed Broadleaf Forest M008 1.B.1.Na.3
Group G166 Southern Mesic Beech - Oak - Mixed Deciduous Forest G166 1.B.1.Na.3.b
Alliance A2059 Mesic Southern Coastal Plain Deciduous Forest A2059
Association CEGL007321 Piedmont Beech Levee Forest CEGL007321
Initially described from New Hope Creek floodplain (Durham/Sanford Triassic Basin, Durham County, North Carolina, D. Allard pers. comm.). Compare with Beech floodplain from nearby Slate Belt, vicinity of Carrboro, NC (M. Pyne unpubl. data). Also some floristic information from TNC-SCS Piedmont meeting 2000 (R. Evans pers. comm. 2000).
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Short Citation:
  • Allard pers. comm.
  • Pyne pers. comm.
  • Schafale 2012
  • Schafale and Weakley 1990
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group n.d.
States/Provinces:GA, NC, SC
Nations:US
Range:This association occurs in the Piedmont of North Carolina and perhaps elsewhere (e.g., Georgia, South Carolina).
US Forest Service Ecoregions
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Province Name:Southeastern Mixed Forest Province
Province Code:231   Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
Section Name:Southern Appalachian Piedmont Section
Section Code:231A     Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
No Data Available
The canopy of stands of this association are dominated by Fagus grandifolia. Other species noted in a stand from New Hope Creek, North Carolina (Piedmont, Triassic Basin), include Acer barbatum, Asimina triloba, Toxicodendron radicans, and Carex blanda. Similar vegetation from the floodplain of Morgan Creek, Orange County, NC (Piedmont, Carolina Slate Belt) is dominated by Fagus grandifolia, with Acer rubrum, Liquidambar styraciflua, Fraxinus pennsylvanica?, Quercus alba, Carya cordiformis or Carya ovalis, and Ulmus americana. The subcanopy is dominated by Fagus grandifolia and Carpinus caroliniana with Cornus florida and Acer rubrum? with Oxydendrum arboreum. Shrubs and vines include Aesculus sylvatica, Corylus americana, Rhododendron periclymenoides, and Hypericum nudiflorum, which is dominant in patches. Herbs include Carex laxiculmis (which is frequent to dominant), Luzula acuminata (dominant), Luzula echinata, Claytonia virginica (dominant), Erythronium umbilicatum ssp. umbilicatum, Polystichum acrostichoides, Epifagus virginiana, and Cardamine angustata. The invasive, alien exotics Elaeagnus umbellata and Lonicera japonica are also present (M. Pyne unpubl. data).
This association represents temporarily flooded levee forests in the Piedmont of North Carolina and perhaps elsewhere (e.g., Georgia, South Carolina).
Low - Poorly Documented
No Data Available
Authors:
D.J. Allard      Version Date: 01May1994


References:
  • Allard, Dorothy. Personal communication. Ecologist.
  • Pyne, Milo. Personal communication. Southeast Regional Ecologist. NatureServe, Southeast Regional Office, Durham, NC.
  • Schafale, M. P. 2012. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina, 4th Approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.
  • Schafale, M. P., and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina. Third approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh. 325 pp.
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.


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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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  • 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)