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Fagus grandifolia - Quercus alba / Symplocos tinctoria East Gulf Coastal Plain Forest

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Translated Name:American Beech - White Oak / Horsesugar East Gulf Coastal Plain Forest
Colloquial Name:East Gulf Coastal Plain Dry Beech - White Oak Forest
This association is a dry-mesic forest of sandy slopes along ravines in the East Gulf Coastal Plain. These forests are very distinct from the richer beech-white oak forests, ~Fagus grandifolia - Quercus alba - Liquidambar styraciflua / Magnolia grandiflora / Smilax pumila Forest (CEGL007210)$$, of finer-textured soils in the nearby Upper East Gulf Coastal Plain (both of these at Fort Benning, Georgia). Stands of this association have canopies dominated by Fagus grandifolia and Quercus alba. Other characteristic canopy species include Quercus nigra, Quercus rubra (which is absent from or rare in the canopy, and would be more likely found in the subcanopy), Pinus taeda, Liriodendron tulipifera, and Liquidambar styraciflua. The subcanopy includes Carya pallida, Carya glabra, Quercus velutina, Quercus rubra, Quercus margarettiae, Magnolia virginiana, Cornus florida, Oxydendrum arboreum, Ilex opaca, Ilex coriacea, and Acer leucoderme. Shrubs include Hamamelis virginiana, Prunus umbellata, Kalmia latifolia, Morella caroliniensis, Symplocos tinctoria, Euonymus americanus, Hydrangea arborescens, Persea borbonia, Leucothoe axillaris, and Vitis rotundifolia. The herb layer is only moderately diverse with a variable composition that includes Tipularia discolor, Medeola virginiana, Galax urceolata, Hexastylis arifolia, Polystichum acrostichoides, Collinsonia serotina, Smilax pumila, Osmunda cinnamomea, and Carex abscondita.
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  • NatureServe Ecology - Southeastern U.S. unpubl. data
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group n.d.
States/Provinces:AL, GA, SC?
Nations:US
Range:This forest is found in the East Gulf Coastal Plain of Georgia (the western attenuated end of the Fall-line Sandhills) and possibly adjacent states. It could be found on sandy inclusions in the Upper East Gulf Coastal Plain of Alabama, but would be less likely there.
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Province Name:Southeastern Mixed Forest Province
Province Code:231   Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
Section Name:Coastal Plains and Flatwoods, Lower Section
Section Code:232B     Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
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The canopy of this association is typically dominated by Fagus grandifolia and Quercus alba. Other characteristic species include Quercus nigra, Quercus rubra (which is absent from or rare in the canopy, and would be more likely found in the subcanopy), Pinus taeda, Liriodendron tulipifera, and Liquidambar styraciflua. The subcanopy includes Carya pallida, Carya glabra, Quercus velutina, Quercus rubra, Quercus margarettiae, Magnolia virginiana, Cornus florida, Oxydendrum arboreum, Ilex opaca, Ilex coriacea, and Acer leucoderme. Shrubs include Hamamelis virginiana, Prunus umbellata, Kalmia latifolia, Morella caroliniensis, Symplocos tinctoria, Euonymus americanus, Hydrangea arborescens, Persea borbonia, Leucothoe axillaris, and Vitis rotundifolia. The herb layer is only moderately diverse with a variable composition that includes Tipularia discolor, Medeola virginiana, Galax urceolata, Hexastylis arifolia, Polystichum acrostichoides, Collinsonia serotina, Smilax pumila, Osmunda cinnamomea, and Carex abscondita.
Stands of this association are found on dry-mesic sandy slopes along ravines in the East Gulf Coastal Plain of Georgia and possibly other adjacent states.
Low - Poorly Documented
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Authors:
M. Pyne      Version Date: 19Aug2002


References:
  • 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.


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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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