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Pinus taeda - Pinus echinata - (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana) / Mixed Herbs Ruderal Forest
Translated Name: Loblolly Pine - Shortleaf Pine - (Eastern Red-cedar) / Mixed Herbs Ruderal Forest
Common Name: Ruderal Loblolly Pine - Shortleaf Pine - Eastern Red-cedar Forest
Unique Identifier: CEGL007114
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: This association includes various successional forests dominated by Pinus taeda and Pinus echinata in the eastern and more inland parts of the southeastern United States. In areas outside the Coastal Plain, this alliance includes situations where Pinus echinata has been planted and Pinus taeda has become naturalized, expanding its range from the Coastal Plain. Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana may be a component of the understory.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Low - Poorly Documented
Classification Comments: It is unclear what the core concept or distribution of this association is supposed to be. Does this cover the "residual" parts of "managed forests in the East and West Gulf coastal plains, and successional stands in Piedmont North Carolina, South Carolina (?), and Georgia" [from the alliance description]? Need to clarify the putative range. Re-reading between the lines in Weakley et al. (1998, March edition), one would be led to believe that this association should be, in effect, the "alliance placeholder" for the "eastern and more inland parts of the region," i.e., not ECO39, ECO40, or ECO41 - so these ecoregions would not be needed on this type.

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 1 - Forest & Woodland
Subclass 1.B - Temperate & Boreal Forest & Woodland
Formation 1.B.1 - Warm Temperate Forest & Woodland
Division 1.B.1.Na - Southeastern North American Forest & Woodland
Macrogroup Southeastern North American Ruderal Forest
Group Southeastern Native Ruderal Forest
Alliance Ruderal Loblolly Pine - Tuliptree - Sweetgum Forest

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



Related Concepts from Other Classifications


Ecological Systems Placement

NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: GNA (10Jan2001)
Rounded Global Status: GNA - Not Applicable
Reasons: This forest, dominated by native species, represents early successional vegetation and is thus not of conservation concern.

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: ALpotentially occurs, FLpotentially occurs, GA, KYpotentially occurs, MSpotentially occurs, NC, SC, TNpotentially occurs
Global Distribution: United States

U.S. Forest Service Ecoregions
Domain Name: Humid Temperate Domain
Division Name: Subtropical Division
Province Name: Southeastern Mixed Forest Province
Province Code: 231 Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Coastal Plain Middle Section
Section Code: 231B Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Province Name: Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province
Province Code: 232 Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Coastal Plains and Flatwoods, Lower Section
Section Code: 232B Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable


Vegetation

Vegetation Summary: Stands of this successional forest association are dominated by Pinus taeda and Pinus echinata. Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana may be a component of the understory.


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: N


Dynamic Processes

Dynamics: In areas outside the Coastal Plain, this alliance includes situations where Pinus echinata has been planted and Pinus taeda has become naturalized, expanding its range from the Coastal Plain.


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

Plots stored in VegBank


Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): A.S. Weakley
Element Description Edition Date: 08Dec2006
Element Description Author(s): A.S. Weakley and M. Pyne
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 10Jan2001
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author(s): M. Pyne

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References
  • Schotz, Al. Personal communication. Community Ecologist. Alabama Natural Heritage Program. Huntingdon College, Massey Hall, 1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106-2148.

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

  • TDNH [Tennessee Division of Natural Heritage]. No date. Unpublished data. Tennessee Division of Natural Heritage, Nashville, TN.


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