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Fimbristylis castanea - Schoenoplectus pungens Marsh

The U.S. National
Vegetation Classification
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Translated Name:Marsh Fimbry - Common Threesquare Marsh
Colloquial Name:
This interdunal pond or wet swale community represents vegetation dominated by Fimbristylis castanea and Schoenoplectus pungens although relative dominance varies seasonally complicating characterization of this type. Characteristic species include Schoenoplectus pungens (= Scirpus pungens) in association with Spartina patens and Fimbristylis castanea. There is usually standing water present in these swales in the spring, when Schoenoplectus pungens is generally dominant with few other associates except species of Eleocharis. By late summer other species such as Fimbristylis castanea contribute more substantial cover. Diagnostic species are Schoenoplectus pungens, Fimbristylis castanea, and Spartina patens.
No Data Available
This type may possibly occur at Onslow County pond (M. Schafale pers. comm.).
Synonomy: = Dune Marsh (Au 1974)

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Short Citation:
  • Au 1974
  • Hillestad et al. 1975
  • Sauer 1967
  • Schafale 2012
  • Schafale and Weakley 1990
  • Schafale pers. comm.
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group n.d.
States/Provinces:GA?, NC, SC?
Nations:US
Range:Fimbristylis castanea ranges along coasts from North Carolina (Au 1974) south to Florida, Texas, Mexico (Gulf and Pacific coasts), and the West Indies (Sauer 1967). This placeholder would cover the range between Virginia and Florida (i.e., Georgia and the Carolinas).
US Forest Service Ecoregions
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Division Name:
Province Name:Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province
Province Code:232   Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
Section Name:Atlantic Coastal Flatwoods Section
Section Code:232C     Occurrence Status:Confident or certain
No Data Available
Characteristic species include Schoenoplectus pungens (= Scirpus pungens) in association with Spartina patens and Fimbristylis castanea. There is usually standing water present in these swales in the spring, when Schoenoplectus pungens is generally dominant with few other associates except species of Eleocharis. By late summer other species such as Fimbristylis castanea contribute more substantial cover. Diagnostic species are Schoenoplectus pungens, Fimbristylis castanea, and Spartina patens. Relative dominance of the dominant species varies from season to season, complicating characterization of this type.
This vegetation is found in interdunal swales.
Moderate
No Data Available
Authors:
M. Pyne      Version Date: 21May2002


References:
  • Au, S. 1974. Vegetation and ecological processes on Shackleford Bank, North Carolina. USDI National Park Service, Scientific Monograph No. 6.
  • Hillestad, H. O., J. R. Bozeman, A. S. Johnson, C. W. Berisford, and J. I. Richardson. 1975. The ecology of the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Camden County, Georgia. Technical Report Series No. 75-5. Georgia Marine Sciences Center, Skidway Island, GA.
  • Sauer, J. D. 1967. Geographic reconnaissance of seashore vegetation along the Mexican Gulf Coast. Louisiana State University Press, Coastal Studies Series No. 21, Baton Rouge.
  • 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.
  • Schafale, Mike P. Personal communication. Ecologist, North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.
  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.


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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)