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Sporobolus airoides - Distichlis spicata Wet Meadow
Translated Name: Alkali Sacaton - Saltgrass Wet Meadow
Unique Identifier: CEGL001687
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: This grassland community is found in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. Initial data suggest that this type occurs at the bottom of closed basins at elevations of around 1285 m (4220 feet). Distichlis spicata and Sporobolus airoides codominate these grasslands of lowland alluvial flats that are seasonally flooded. Scattered Allenrolfea occidentalis and Limonium limbatum may be present, but shrubs are generally conspicuous.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Low

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 2 - Shrub & Herb Vegetation
Subclass 2.C - Shrub & Herb Wetland
Formation 2.C.5 - Salt Marsh
Division 2.C.5.Nd - North American Western Interior Brackish Marsh, Playa & Shrubland
Macrogroup Warm & Cool Desert Alkali-Saline Marsh, Playa & Shrubland
Group North American Desert Alkaline-Saline Marsh & Playa
Alliance Alkali Sacaton - Scratchgrass - Alkali Cordgrass Alkaline Wet Meadow

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

Similar Associations
Unique Identifier Name
CEGL001685 Sporobolus airoides Southern Plains Wet Meadow
CEGL001770 Distichlis spicata Alkaline Wet Meadow



Related Concepts from Other Classifications

Related Subnational Community Units
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Subnation Concept Name Relationship to Standard Confidence Reference
Colorado Sporobolus airoides - Distichlis spicata Herbaceous Vegetation Equivalent Certain CNHP 2015
New Mexico Distichlis spicata - Sporobolus airoides CT Equivalent Certain Muldavin et al. 2000
Oregon Sporobolus airoides - Distichlis spicata Equivalent Certain Kagan et al. 2004


Other Related Concepts
Related Concept Name: Sporobolus airoides-Distichlis stricta
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Bourgeron, P. S., and L. D. Engelking, editors. 1994. A preliminary vegetation classification of the western United States. Unpublished report. The Nature Conservancy, Western Heritage Task Force, Boulder, CO. 175 pp. plus appendix.
Related Concept Name: Inland Saltgrass-Alkali Sacaton PA
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Muldavin, E., Y. Chauvin, and G. Harper. 2000b. The vegetation of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico: Volume I. Handbook of vegetation communities. Final report to Environmental Directorate, White Sands Missile Range. New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. 195 pp. plus appendices

Ecological Systems Placement

Ecological Systems Placement
Ecological System Unique ID Ecological System Name
CES302.746 Chihuahuan-Sonoran Desert Bottomland and Swale Grassland
CES304.780 Inter-Mountain Basins Greasewood Flat
CES304.786 Inter-Mountain Basins Playa


NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: G4? (02Aug2004)
Rounded Global Status: G4 - Apparently Secure

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: CApotentially occurs, CO, NM, OR, TXpotentially occurs, UT
Global Distribution: Mexicopotentially occurs, United States
Global Range: This association is found in Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico (Otero County). It may also occur in California, Texas and adjacent Mexico.

U.S. Forest Service Ecoregions
Domain Name: Dry Domain
Division Name: Tropical/Subtropical Desert Division
Province Name: Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Province
Province Code: 321 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Basin and Range Section
Section Code: 321A Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Division Name: Temperate Steppe Division
Province Name: Great Plains-Palouse Dry Steppe Province
Province Code: 331 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Central High Plains Section
Section Code: 331H Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Arkansas Tablelands Section
Section Code: 331I Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Division Name: Temperate Desert Division
Province Name: Intermountain Semi-Desert and Desert Province
Province Code: 341 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Division Name: Temperate Steppe Regime Mountains
Province Name: Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe - Open Woodland - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province
Province Code: M331 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Southern Parks and Ranges Section
Section Code: M331F 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
%
Distichlis spicata G4 Graminoid Herb (field)  
 
 
Sporobolus airoides G4 Graminoid Herb (field)  
 
 


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: Y


Dynamic Processes


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

Plots stored in VegBank


Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): Western Ecology Group
Element Description Edition Date: 26Nov1997
Element Description Author(s): Western Ecology Group

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References
  • Bourgeron, P. S., and L. D. Engelking, editors. 1994. A preliminary vegetation classification of the western United States. Unpublished report. The Nature Conservancy, Western Heritage Task Force, Boulder, CO. 175 pp. plus appendix.

  • CNHP [Colorado Natural Heritage Program]. 2003. Unpublished data. List of Elements and Elcodes converted and entered into Biotics Tracker 4.0. Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

  • Driscoll, R. S., D. L. Merkel, D. L. Radloff, D. E. Snyder, and J. S. Hagihara. 1984. An ecological land classification framework for the United States. Miscellaneous Publication No. 1439. USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC. 56 pp.

  • Kagan, J. S., J. A. Christy, M. P. Murray, and J. A. Titus. 2000-2004. Classification of native vegetation of Oregon. Oregon Natural Heritage Program, Portland. 63 pp.

  • Muldavin, E., P. Durkin, M. Bradley, M. Stuever, and P. Mehlhop. 2000a. Handbook of wetland vegetation communities of New Mexico. Volumn I: Classification and community descriptions. Final report to the New Mexico Environment Department and the Environmental Protection Agency prepared by the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

  • Muldavin, E., Y. Chauvin, and G. Harper. 2000b. The vegetation of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico: Volume I. Handbook of vegetation communities. Final report to Environmental Directorate, White Sands Missile Range. New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. 195 pp. plus appendices

  • Muldavin, E., and P. Mehlhop. 1992. A preliminary classification and test vegetation map for White Sands Missile Range and San Andreas National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. University of New Mexico, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program.

  • Neid, S., J. E. Stevens, K. Forest, and M. Fink. 2007. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site: Vegetation classification and mapping. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SOPN/NRTR--2007/050. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO. 112 pp.

  • Salas, D. E., J. Stevens, K. Schulz, M. Artmann, B. Friesen, S. Blauer, E. W. Schweiger, and A. Valdez. 2010b. Vegetation classification and mapping project report: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Natural Resource Report NPS/ROMN/NRR--2010/179. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.

  • Stevens, J. E., K. Forrest, S. Neid, and M. Fink. 2007. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site: Vegetation classification and mapping. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SOPN/NRTR--2007/049. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO. 115 pp.

  • Western Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Boulder, CO.

  • Young, J. A., R. A. Evans, B. A. Roundy, and J. A. Brown. 1986. Dynamic landforms and plant communities in a pluvial lake basin. Great Basin Naturalist 46(1):1-21.


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