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Lasallia papulosa - Lasallia pensylvanica Nonvascular Vegetation
Translated Name: Toadskin Lichen - Pennsylvania Toadskin Lichen Nonvascular Vegetation
Common Name: Montane/Piedmont Cliff (Toadskin Lichen Type)
Unique Identifier: CEGL004385
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: Stands of this vegetation occur on vertical to sloping, exposed, dry outcrops of quartzite with little or no vascular vegetation. They are dominated by Lasallia papulosa, with or without Lasallia pensylvanica. Known from the Sauratown Mountains in the upper Piedmont of North Carolina.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Low - Poorly Documented
Classification Comments: Potentially rare; Lasallia pensylvanica is restricted in distribution and abundance. Examples known at Hanging Rock State Park (Stokes County, North Carolina).

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 6 - Open Rock Vegetation
Subclass 6.B - Temperate & Boreal Open Rock Vegetation
Formation 6.B.1 - Temperate & Boreal Cliff, Scree & Other Rock Vegetation
Division 6.B.1.Na - Eastern North American Temperate & Boreal Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation
Macrogroup Eastern North American Cliff & Rock Vegetation
Group Appalachian Cliff & Rock Vegetation
Alliance Appalachian Lichen Boulderfield

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

Similar Associations
Unique Identifier Name
CEGL004142 Lasallia (papulosa, pensylvanica) - Dimelaena oreina - (Melanelia culbersonii) Nonvascular Vegetation



Related Concepts from Other Classifications

Related Subnational Community Units
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Subnation Concept Name Relationship to Standard Confidence Reference
North Carolina Montane Cliff (Acidic Lichen Subtype) Equivalent Certain Schafale 2012


Other Related Concepts
Related Concept Name: Piedmont Cliff (Acidic Lichen Subtype)
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Schafale, M. 2003a. Fourth approximation guide. Piedmont communities. March 2003 draft. North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh.

Ecological Systems Placement

Ecological Systems Placement
Ecological System Unique ID Ecological System Name
CES202.386 Southern Piedmont Cliff


NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: G2? (11Aug1997)
Rounded Global Status: G2 - Imperiled

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: NC
Global Distribution: United States
Global Range: This type is known from the Sauratown Mountains in the upper Piedmont of North Carolina and can at least potentially range into the Southern Blue Ridge.

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: Confident or certain
Section Name: Southern Appalachian Piedmont Section
Section Code: 231A Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Division Name: Hot Continental Regime Mountains
Province Name: Central Appalachian Broadleaf Forest - Coniferous Forest - Meadow Province
Province Code: M221 Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Blue Ridge Mountains Section
Section Code: M221D Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable


Vegetation

Vegetation Summary: Stands of this vegetation are dominated by Lasallia papulosa, with or without Lasallia pensylvanica.

Vegetation Composition (incomplete)
Species Name Rounded Global Status Growth Form Stratum Charact-
eristic
Dominant Constant
Cover Class %
Con-
stancy
%
Lasallia papulosa G2 Lichen Nonvascular  
 
 
Lasallia pensylvanica G2 Lichen Nonvascular    
 
 


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: N
Environmental Summary: Stands of this vegetation occur on vertical to sloping, exposed, dry outcrops of quartzite with little or no vascular vegetation. It is known from the Sauratown Mountains in the upper Piedmont of North Carolina.


Dynamic Processes


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

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Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): A.S. Weakley
Element Description Edition Date: 01Oct1994
Element Description Author(s): A.S. Weakley

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References
  • Schafale, M. 2003a. Fourth approximation guide. Piedmont 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.

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


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