Book Review — Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests

Author : Michael E. Held

A Review of Maloof, Joan. 2016. Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests. TimberPress, Portland, Oregon, 200 p. Hardcover, $27.95. ISBN: 9781604697285


Book Review — Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts: A Field Guide to Common Bryophytes of the Northeast

Author : Robert Klips

A review of Pope, Ralph. 2016. Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts: A Field Guide to Common Bryophytes of the Northeast. Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, and London, UK. Softbound, Laminated Cover. 368 p. $24.95. ISBN 978-1-5017-0078-1.


Scientific Note: Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor) Population Increase in Southeastern Oklahoma

Author : Christopher J. Butler

Additional Authors : Huyen B. Tran,

ABSTRACT A small population of dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor; Arecaceae) was described in 2011 from Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma, approximately 40 km farther north than the species had previously been known to occur along the Red River. The goal of this study was to determine whether this population’s size was changing. A 2.75 ha …


Regenerating White Pine (Pinus strobus) in the South: Seedling Position is More Important than Herbivory Protection

Author : Marcus A Lashley

Additional Authors : M. Colter Chitwood, Jordan S. Nanney, Christopher S. DePerno Christopher E. Moorman

ABSTRACT Seedling survival and growth in eastern white pines (Pinus strobus L.) might be limited by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) browsing. However, most studies have occurred in areas central to the white pine range, making other factors such as seedling microenvironment unimportant. If microenvironment becomes a concern near the edge of the white pine range, …


Floristics of the Abrams Creek Wetlands, a Calcareous Fen Complex in Winchester City and Frederick County, Virginia

Author : Woodward S. Bousquet,

Additional Authors : Gary P. Fleming,

ABSTRACT The 24-ha Abrams Creek Wetlands (Winchester City and Frederick County, Virginia) is an array of fen, swamp, and disturbed transitional ecosystems underlain by limestone and dolostone bedrock. Soils of the area are generally characterized by exceptionally high levels of calcium (>10,000 ppm). Floristic data were collected through monthly surveys during the 2012–14 growing seasons …


A New Weed in Florida, Spermacoce latifolia, and the Distinction between S. alata and S. latifolia (Spermacoceae, Rubiaceae)

Author : John H. Wiersema,

Additional Authors : Piero G. Delprete, Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr., Alan R. Franck,

ABSTRACT Spermacoce alata Aubl. and Spermacoce latifolia Aubl., frequently referred to as Borreria alata (Aubl.) DC. and Borreria latifolia (Aubl.) K. Schum., were described in the 18th century by Jean Baptiste Christophe Fus´ee Aublet from French Guiana. They have sometimes been treated as a single species but are two easily distinguished species. Spermacoce alata occurs …


Recovery of the Herb Layer in a Southern Appalachian Forest Following Chronic Herbivory by Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Author : Henry M. Wilbur

Additional Authors : Katie L. Burke Rebecca B. Wilbur Annie Rosenbauer

ABSTRACT The high abundance of ungulates in temperate zone forests is affecting biodiversity and ecosystem functions worldwide. A randomized, replicated experiment excluded white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, from six 10310 m fenced plots for 10 years; six unfenced plots were maintained as controls. The effects of chronic herbivory were assayed by comparisons using the mean responses of ground-level vegetation in …


The Lichens and Allied Fungi of Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina: A First Checklist with Comprehensive Keys and Comparison to Historical Data

Author : James C. Lendemer

Additional Authors : Carly R. Anderson Stewart, Betty Besal, Jim Goldsmith, Haley Griffith, Jordan R. Hoffman, Betsy Kraus, Paula LaPoint, Lin Li, Zachary Muscavitch, Joel Schultz, Rebecca Schultz, Jessica L. Allen,

ABSTRACT A total of 171 species of lichens and allied fungi are reported from the spruce-fir forests of Mount Mitchell State Park, in the Black Mountains of North Carolina, based on both historical and modern records. Comparison of the modern baseline with the historical macrolichen baseline generated in the 1970s revealed potential losses of high-elevation southern Appalachian endemics (2 …


Clear-Cuts Are Not Clean Slates: Residual Vegetation Impediments to Savanna Restoration

Author : Milton H. Diaz-Toribio

Additional Authors : Francis E. Putz

ABSTRACT In response to widespread losses of savanna ecosystems worldwide, many restoration efforts are underway. For savannas degraded by fire suppression and hardwood invasion, a first step towards restoration typically involves removal of unwanted trees and shrubs, but after invasive nonnative woody plants are top-killed, savanna restoration is often impeded by their resprouts. To evaluate patterns of vegetative recovery …


Habitat Differences in Morphology and Reproductive Allocation in Guettarda scabra (Rubiaceae)

Author : Suzanne Koptur

Additional Authors : Diane Garcia

To understand reproductive allocation in a common woody plant of Everglades rockland habitats, we compared vegetative and reproductive traits of Guettarda scabra (L.) Vent. (Rubiaceae), in three habitats of Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida (pineland, hammock, and hammock edge). Plants in the pineland were shorter, with smaller leaves, and allocated more resources to sexual reproduction; …