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Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens Research Project: Jocassee Gorges, SC

Plant Species, Plant Community, and Ecological Dynamics in a Mountain Cove With Interlayered Mafic and Felsic Substrates

Geology

Project Plant List

CVS Survey Plots

Photo Montage

Soil Chemistry and Maps

Species Specialists

This site is located in the Eastatoe Gap Quadrangle in northern Pickens County, South Carolina in the Jocassee Gorges Preserve. It is approximately a 300 meter square (9 hectares).The research is being conducted with permission from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and is sanctioned by the Carolina Vegetation Survey. The principal investigator is Tom Goforth, independent researcher and owner of Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens in northern Pickens County, SC. The project is part of the research department of Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens.
The research began in late August, 2006 and will continue through 2007. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Biology major Laura Boggess is a research assistant in the project as a participant in the UNC Carolina Environmental Program at the Highlands (NC) Biological Station.
Research Site Plot Grid: 20 X 20 Meter plots
Asplenium rhizophyllum growing on moss covered Henderson Gneiss boulders....one of the many species/ecology anomalies at the site
Research Site Geologic Map
Research assistant, Laura Boggess takes a GPS reading at the contact between the Henderson Gneiss and the mafic Hornblende/Biotite Gneiss
Site Species List, Preliminary pH Indicator Species: Blue >6.0, Red <5.5
Ophioglossaceae
                Botrypus virginianum  Rattlesnake Grape Fern
                Sceptridium dissectum
                Sceptridium biternatum
Osmundaceae
                Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern
Blechnaceae
Woodwardia aerolata Netted Cain Fern
Pteridaceae
                Adiantum pedatum  Northern Maidenhair Fern
Dennstaedtiaceae
Pteridium aquilinum Bracken Fern
Dryopteridacea
                Diplazium pycnocarpon  Narrow Glade Fern
                Deparia acrostichoides  Silvery Glade Fern
                Polystichum acrostichoides  Christmas Fern
                Athyrium asplenioides  Southern Lady Fern
Thelypteridaceae
                Phegopteris hexagonoptera  Broad Beech Fern
                Thelypteris noveboracensis  New York Fern
Aspleniaceae
                Asplenium platyneuron  Ebony Spleenwort Fern
                Asplenium rhizophyllum   Walking Fern
Polypodiaceae
                Pleopeltis polypoidioides Resurrection Fern
Pinaceae Conifers
                Pinus strobes   White Pine
                Tsuga canadensis  Canadian Hemlock
Cyperaceae   Sedges
                Carex spp.
Liliaceae
                Smilax spp.   Greenbriar
                Trillium spp. Trilliums
                Smilacina racemosa  False Solomon’s Seal
                Medeola virginiana  Indian Cucumber Root
                Disporum lanuginosum Mandarin
                Polygonatum biflorum  Solomon’s Seal
Orchidaceae   Orchids
                Goodyera pubescens  Rattlesnake Plaintain
                Tipularia discolor  Cranefly Orchid
Juglandaceae
                Carya spp.  Hickory
 Betulaceae
                Betula lutea  Yellow Birch
                Carpinus caroliniana  Musclewood
                Fagus grandifolia
Fagaceae
                Quercus montana   Chesnut Oak
                Quercus rubra  Red Oak
                Quercus spp
Urticaceae
                Laportea canadensis  Wood Nettle
Aristolochiaceae
                Hexastylis shuttleworthii Heartleaf
Polygonaceae
                Tovara virginiana  Jumpseed
                Polygonum sp  Knotweed
Caryophyllaceae
                Stellaria sp. Chickweed
Ranunculaceae
                Actaea pachypoda  Doll’s Eyes
                Thalictrum thalictroides Windflower
                Ranunculus recurvatus 
                Hepatica acutiloba  Acute-leaf Hepatica
                Anenome virginiana  Windflower
Berberidaceae
                Caulophyllum thalictroides  Blue Cohosh
                Podophyllum peltatum  May-apple
Magnoliaceae
                Liriodendron tulipifera  Yellow Poplar
                Magnolia fraseri  Umbrella Tree

Annonaceae
                Asimina triloba   Paw Paw
Lauraceae
                Lindera benzoin  Spicebush
Papaveraceae
                Sanguinaria canadensis  Bloodroot
Brassicaceae
                Cardamine spp
Saxifragaceae
                Hydrangea arborescens Mountain Hydrangia
                Tiarella cordiflora  Foamflower
Hamamelidaceae
                Liquidambar styraciflua  Sweetgum
                Hamamelis virginica  Witch Hazel
Rosaceae
                Rubus sp.  Blackberry
                Agrimonia paviflora  Cocklebur
                Agrimonia  gryposepala   Cocklebur
                Prunus serotina  Black Cherry\
Fabaceae
                Cercis canadensis   Redbud
                Desmodium nudiflorum    Beggar Lice
                Lespedeza cuneata  Sericia
                Gleditsia triacanthos Honey Locust
Oxalidaceae
                Oxalis ap
Geraniaceae
                Geranium maculatum
Anacardiaceae
                Rhus radicans  Poison Ivy
Aquifoliaceae
                Ilex opaca   American Holly
Celastraceae
                Euonymus americana    Heart’s A-bursting
Aceraceae
                Acer rubra  Red Maple
Hippocastanaceae
                Aesculus flava   Yellow Bickeye
Balsaminaceae
                Impatiens capensis   Jewel Weed
Vitaceae
                Vitis rotundifolia   Grape
                Parthenocissus quinquefolia   Virginia Creeper
Tiliaceae
                Tilia   americana   Basswood
Hypericaceae
                Hipericum sp.  St. John’s Wort
Violaceae
                Viola candensis  Canada Violet
                Viola spp.
Passifloraceae
                Passiflora leutea  Passion Flower
Melastomataceae
                Rhexia virginica   Meadow Beauty
Apiaceae
                Osmorhiza claytonia  Sweet Cicely
                Thaspium sp
                Oxypolis sp
Nyssaceae
                Nyssa sylvatica  Black Gum
Cornaceae
                Cornus florida    Dogwood
                Cornus  alternafolia
Clethraceae
                Clethra accuminata  Pepperbush
  Ericaceae
                Chimaphila maculata  Spotted Wintergreen
                Monotropa uniflora  Indian Pipe
                Rhodendrum maximum   Great Rhododendron
                Kalmia latifolia    Mountain Laurel
             Leuchothoe fontanesiana  Dog Hobble
                Rhododendron minus
Diapensiaceae
                Galax urceolata   Galax
Primulaceae
                Lysimachia quadrifolia
Gentianaceae
                Obolaria virginica  Pennywort
Polemoniaceae
                Phlox spp
Hydrophyllaceae
                Hydrophyllum sp ?
Lamiaceae
                Scutellaria sp
                Monarda sp ?
                Pycnanthemum sp ?
                Collinsonia  verticillata Whorled Hosebalm
Bignoniaceae
                Anisostichus capreolata  Cross Vine
Rubiaceae
                Mitchella repens  Partridge Berry
                Galium circaezans
                Houstonia sp ?
Asteraceae
                Elephantopus carolinianus  Elephant’s Foot
                Eupatorium rugosum  White Snake Root
                Antennaria plantaginifolia  Pussy Toes
                Erigeron pulchellus ?Robin’s Plaintain
                Solidago curtisii
                Polymnia canadensis  Bearsfoot
                Rudbeckia lanciniata  Coneflower
                Verbesina alternafolia 
                Coreopsis major
                Aster divaricatus
                Aster  cordifolia