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Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 131(3), 2004, pp. 220231 Ecological species groups of South Carolina's Jocassee
 

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Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 131(3), 2004, pp. 220231
Ecological species groups of South Carolina's Jocassee
Gorges, southern Appalachian Mountains1
Scott R. Abella2,3
and Victor B. Shelburne
Department of Forest Resources, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0331
ABELLA, S.R. AND V.B. SHELBURNE (Department of Forest Resources, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
29634-0331). Ecological species groups of South Carolina's Jocassee Gorges, southern Appalachian Mountains.
J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 131: 220231. 2004.--Ecological species groups, consisting of assemblages of co-occurring
plant species exhibiting similar environmental affinities, were developed for ground-flora and tree strata in late-
successional forests on a 13,000 ha southern Appalachian landscape. We distinguished 11 ground-flora groups
that included 50 species and six tree groups comprised of 19 species. Ground-flora groups ranged from a xeric
Vaccinium group (including Vaccinium pallidum, Euphorbia corollata, and Piptochaetium avenaceum) to a mesic
Rhododendron group (typified by Rhododendron maximum, Mitchella repens, and Hexastylis heterophylla). Tree
groups ranged from a Quercus coccinea group to a Tsuga canadensis group. Consistent with previous research,
species groups exhibited a range of amplitudes from widely distributed Smilax and Vitis groups to a Sanguinaria
group restricted to one ecosystem type. A given species group occupied a variety of different combinations of
measured environmental variables, which apparently interacted to produce repeating environmental complexes
across the landscape favorable for specific species groups. We also tested two multivariate methods for quanti-

  

Source: Abella, Scott R. - School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology