Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ecological succession in a new forest opening

Scifres-Maier Woods in Celery Bog Park

A massive sugar maple (Acer saccharum) has been blown over in a windstorm, creating an opening in the forest canopy. The normal shade-loving flora of the forest floor has been replaced with a carpet of pokeweed seedlings. Where did the pokeweed seeds come from? They must have been there on the forest floor, accumulating from bird droppings, for years before conditions were right for their growth.

Pictures taken August 24, 2010.

Link to ecological succession:

Link to pokeweed (Phytolacca americana):

Link to pokeweed seedlings:

Link to Acer saccharum:

Link to “The Succession of Forest Trees”

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