Extant and potential vegetation of an old-growth maritime Ilex opaca forest

  title={Extant and potential vegetation of an old-growth maritime Ilex opaca forest},
  author={J. A. Forrester and D. Leopold},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  • J. A. Forrester, D. Leopold
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Plant Ecology
  • The extant and potential (seed bank) vegetation of a rare maritime holly forest on Fire Island, New York was described to assess whether treefall gaps act as a mechanism for the persistence of the species composition of this plant community over time. The Sunken Forest overstory is dominated by Ilex opaca, Amelanchier canadensis and Sassafras albidum. A survey of canopy gaps indicated canopy openings compose 11.3% of the land within the Sunken Forest (16 ha). The composition and density of the… CONTINUE READING
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