Habitat Characterization of Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana Groups at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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Title: Habitat Characterization of Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana Groups at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Author: Miller, Vickie Marie
Advisors: Dr. Richard Braham, Committee Member
Dr. Gary Blank, Committee Chair
Dr. James Gregory, Committee Member
Abstract: The growth characteristics and habitat of the rare shrub Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana were studied by examining 19 documented groups of this Federal Species of Concern. These 19 groups occur along the Little River on the Fort Bragg Military Reservation in Cumberland, Hoke and Moore counties, North Carolina. Systematic field studies located and monitored the plants, and a modified version of the North Carolina Vegetation Survey protocol produced an inventory of surrounding plant communities. Results were used to modify knowledge of A. georgiana var. georgiana and correct errors in previous accounts: flowering commences in mid-April and ends in mid-May; seeds may persist on the plants until the following April; tree canopy densities range above 75 percent; and the plant inhabits transition zones on the dry side of wetland boundaries. A key to guide searches for the plant is presented along with recommendations for further research to resolve remaining questions about the protection status of Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana.
Date: 2005-04-04
Degree: MS
Discipline: Natural Resources
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2506


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