1 May 2015 – The Sweet Spot

(Above photo: A view of what I call the sweet spot in the putative Magnolia Bog.)

Today I made a foray out to the Magnolia Bog to make a quick survey of things. There is an area the middle of the site where the sphagnum moss density is much higher, and the character of the area is visibly different from the area surrounding it. I call it a “sweet spot.” The floral composition seems to be different and the feel of the area was different. I did not have any means to measure the area, but I estimate it covered an area in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. A more accurate estimate will come later.

View of the area surrounding the sweet spot.

View of the area surrounding the sweet spot.

 

 

The area surrounding the “sweet spot” is more like what I understand an acidic seepage swamp should be. These plant communities are interesting as well, and can sometimes turn up some surprises.

 

 

Below are some photos that I took today of some of the plant species I am in the middle of drawing up a list of all of the plants I have identified thus far and will post it in the next few days.

Click on each of them for full-sized views.

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. -  hazel alder

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. – hazel alder Branch with leaves.

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. -  hazel alder

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. – hazel alder Trunk bark.

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. -  hazel alder

Alnus serrulata (Aiton) Willd. – hazel alder – Close up of leaves.

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum - Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum – Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum - Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum – Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum - Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum – Jack in the pulpit – Inside view of inflorescence

Thelypteris noveboracensis (L.) Nieuwl.- New York fern

Thelypteris noveboracensis (L.) Nieuwl.- New York fern

Thelypteris noveboracensis (L.) Nieuwl.- New York fern

Thelypteris noveboracensis (L.) Nieuwl.- New York fern

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore - Netted Chain Fern

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore – Netted Chain Fern

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore - Netted Chain Fern

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore – Netted Chain Fern. I am not sure what is the seedling to the left of the fern.

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore - Netted Chain Fern

Woodwardia areolata (L.) T.Moore – Netted Chain Fern

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch. - Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch. – Virginia creeper

Maianthemum canadense Desf. - Canada mayflower

Maianthemum canadense Desf. – Canada mayflower

Maianthemum canadense Desf. - Canada mayflower

Maianthemum canadense Desf. – Canada mayflower

 

Liquidambar styraciflua L. - sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua L. – sweetgum

Viburnum nudum L. - possumpaw

Viburnum nudum L. – possumpaw

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