Microsite abundance and distribution of woody seedlings in a South Carolina cypress- tupelo swamp.

Laura F Huenneke, R. R. Sharitz

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Abstract

At least 16 types of microsites or substrates for vascular plant seedlings can be distinguished in bald cypress-water tupelo (Taxodium distichum-Nyssa aquatica) swamps. In 2 riverine swamp forests on the Savannah River floodplain, South Carolina, microsite abundances in a little disturbed forest different significantly from those in a more open stand which had experienced much recent sediment deposition from upstream erosion, as well as higher water temperatures. Woody seedlings were distributed nonrandomly among microsite types. There were significant differences in microsite distribution patterns among growth forms (tree spp. vs. shrubs vs. vines) and among species within growth form. Many human activities may alter substrate nature and abundance in a wetland, thus indirectly altering the abundance and species composition of seedling recruitment.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-335
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Midland Naturalist
Volume115
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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