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Vaccinium formosum - Vaccinium fuscatum / Sphagnum cuspidatum Wet Shrubland
Translated Name: Southern Blueberry - Black Highbush Blueberry / Toothed Peatmoss Wet Shrubland
Common Name: Atlantic Blueberry Pond
Unique Identifier: CEGL003907
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: Depressional wetlands in uplands, dominated by Vaccinium formosum, Vaccinium fuscatum, and (locally) other heaths, such as Lyonia ligustrina var. foliosiflora, Lyonia lucida, and others. These ponds are smaller, steeper-sided, and flooded for shorter duration than herbaceous-dominated ponds.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Low - Poorly Documented

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 2 - Shrub & Herb Vegetation
Subclass 2.C - Shrub & Herb Wetland
Formation 2.C.4 - Temperate to Polar Freshwater Marsh, Wet Meadow & Shrubland
Division 2.C.4.Ne - Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Marsh, Wet Meadow & Shrubland
Macrogroup Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain Wet Prairie & Marsh
Group Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain Shrub Swamp
Alliance Heath Pond Wet Shrubland

This is the revised vegetation hierarchy. For more information see Classification Sources and usnvc.org.



Related Concepts from Other Classifications

Related Subnational Community Units
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Subnation Concept Name Relationship to Standard Confidence Reference
Maryland Vaccinium formosum - Vaccinium fuscatum / Sphagnum cuspidatum Shrubland Equivalent Certain Harrison 2011
North Carolina Small Depression Pocosin (Blueberry Subtype) Equivalent Certain Schafale 2012


Other Related Concepts
Related Concept Name: Vaccinium formosum - Vaccinium fuscatum / Sphagnum cuspidatum Shrubland
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Harrison, J. W., compiler. 2004. Classification of vegetation communities of Maryland: First iteration. A subset of the International Classification of Ecological Communities: Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States, NatureServe. Maryland Natural Heritage Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis. 243 pp.
Related Concept Name: Small Depression Pocosin (Blueberry Subtype)
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Schafale, M. 2000. Fourth approximation guide. Coastal Plain. January 2000 draft. North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.
Related Concept Name: Small Depression Pond
Relationship: B - Broader
Reference: Schafale, M. P., and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina. Third approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh. 325 pp.

Ecological Systems Placement

Ecological Systems Placement
Ecological System Unique ID Ecological System Name
CES203.262 Southern Atlantic Coastal Plain Depression Pond


NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: G3? (11Jan1998)
Rounded Global Status: G3 - Vulnerable
Reasons: This association is impacted by hydrologic impacts (such as regional withdrawal of water through wells), fire exclusion, and off-road vehicle traffic.

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: MD, NC, SC
Global Distribution: United States

U.S. Forest Service Ecoregions
Domain Name: Humid Temperate Domain
Division Name: Subtropical Division
Province Name: Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province
Province Code: 232 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Atlantic Coastal Flatwoods Section
Section Code: 232C Occurrence Status: Confident or certain


Vegetation


Vegetation Composition (incomplete)
Species Name Rounded Global Status Growth Form Stratum Charact-
eristic
Dominant Constant
Cover Class %
Con-
stancy
%
Vaccinium formosum G3 Broad-leaved deciduous shrub Shrub/sapling (tall & short)  
 
 
Vaccinium fuscatum G3 Broad-leaved deciduous shrub Shrub/sapling (tall & short)  
 
 
Sphagnum cuspidatum G3 Moss Nonvascular    
 
 


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: Y


Dynamic Processes


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

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Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): A.S. Weakley
Element Description Edition Date: 01Jan1995
Element Description Author(s): A.S. Weakley
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 11Jan1998
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author(s): A.S. Weakley

Ecological data developed by NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs (see Local Programs) and other contributors and cooperators (see Sources).


References
  • Harrison, J. W. 2011. The natural communities of Maryland: 2011 working list of ecological community groups and community types. Unpublished report. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, Natural Heritage Program, Annapolis. 33 pp.

  • Harrison, J. W., compiler. 2004. Classification of vegetation communities of Maryland: First iteration. A subset of the International Classification of Ecological Communities: Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States, NatureServe. Maryland Natural Heritage Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis. 243 pp.

  • Schafale, M. 2000. Fourth approximation guide. Coastal Plain. January 2000 draft. North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.

  • Schafale, M. 2003b. Fourth approximation guide. Coastal Plain communities. March 2003 draft. North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.

  • Schafale, M. P. 2012. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina, 4th Approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.

  • Schafale, M. P., and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina. Third approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh. 325 pp.

  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.


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