Book Review: Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation

Author : C. Theo Witsell

Noss, Reed. 2013. Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation. Island Press, Washington DC. 320 p. Softcover, $35.00. ISBN  78-1-5972-6489-1.  Hardcover, $70.00. ISBN 978-1-5972-6488-4.   The southeastern United States is not widely known for its native grasslands. This unfortunate oversight in the annals of natural history speaks to both the paucity of early scientific study …


Scientific Note: Addendum to the Vascular Plants of the Berea College Forest in Madison, Jackson, and Rockcastle Counties, Kentucky

Author : Ralph L. Thompson

Additional Authors : Derick B. Poindexter

ABSTRACT A vascular plant reconnaissance was conducted at the Berea College Forest (BCF) during 2010–2013. A previous vascular plant report of the BCF, a 3,380 ha managed forest in portions of Madison, Jackson, and Rockcastle counties in east-central Kentucky, documented 1,017 specific and infraspecific taxa, 513 genera, and 139 families. An additional 25 taxa (13 …


Noteworthy Collections: Alabama (79-4)

Author : Ray Neyland

Additional Authors : Jennifer Bushnell, Wannee Tangkham,

Sarracenia x caseii Mellichamp (Sarraceniaceae)— Baldwin County: Six individuals forming a population within a 30-m2 tract were situated in a small but healthy roadside pine barren that had recently been burned. This location supports an abundance of S. leucophylla Raf., S. alabamensis Case & R.B. Case ssp. wherryi (D.E. Schnell) Case & R.B. Case, and …


Environmental Controls of Reproduction and Early Growth of Lindera melissifolia (Lauraceae)

Author : Ryan R. Unks

Additional Authors : Theodore H. Shear, Alexander Krings, Richard R. Braham,

Lindera melissifolia is a federally endangered endemic shrub of the southeastern United States. Numerous populations are gender-biased. The goal of this study was to determine environmental conditions most appropriate for establishment and growth of seedlings and adult females. Seedlings were grown under varied moisture and light to compare growth rates and morphological ratios. Seedlings were …


Patterns of Spatial Distribution and Seed Dispersal among Bottomland Hardwood Tree Species

Author : Matthew L. Reid

Additional Authors : Stephanie R. Allen Joydeep Bhattacharjee

ABSTRACT Patterns of tree species distributions in bottomlands are a result of various environmental and biological factors, including flood tolerance, seed dispersal, and species interactions. We evaluated the patterns of distribution and seed dispersal of tree species in a naturally regenerating bottomland hardwood forest in northeast Louisiana. We used nearest neighbor analysis to determine distribution …


Vascular Flora of Buettner Xeric Limestone Prairies, Monroe County, Illinois

Author : William E. McClain

Additional Authors : John E. Ebinger

ABSTRACT Xeric limestone prairies occur in southwestern and southern Illinois. These small grassland communities are present on thin soil and commonly have relatively extensive areas of exposed rock. Warm-season clump grasses, primarily Schizachyrium scoparium and Bouteloua curtipendula, are dominant along with a mixture of prairie and open-forest species. The vascular flora of two xeric limestone …


Foliar Nutrient Concentrations and Ratios of Scrubby Flatwoods Species Change with Time After Fire

Author : Jennifer L. Schafer

Additional Authors : Michelle C. Mack

ABSTRACT Plant nutrient stoichiometry, which regulates carbon fixation and plant growth, is often strongly affected by soil nutrient availability. Disturbances such as fire can affect the absolute and relative availability of soil nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), as well as biotic constraints on plant nutrient uptake and allocation. In these ways, disturbances can have strong …


Woody Regeneration in a Southern Appalachian Quercus Stand Following Wind Disturbance and Salvage Logging

Author : Stephen D. White

Additional Authors : Justin L. Hart, Lauren E. Cox, Callie J. Schweitzer,

ABSTRACT In the eastern United States, the practice of salvage logging is common to reclaim economic losses and/or reduce fuel loading following a natural disturbance. A current hypothesis states that two disturbances in rapid succession (i.e., compounded disturbance) have a cumulative severity of impact and may displace the successional trajectory further than either disturbance occurring …


President’s Message: Why Be a Member of SABS? (79-4)

Author : Kathy Mathews

Why are you a member of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society? Why do we join these professional organizations? Since I was a graduate student, I have been paying dues to two large international botanical societies—why did I join another, particularly a small, regional organization like SABS? In 2003, when I was a new faculty member …