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1 June 2016 Vascular Plant Flora of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain Limestone Forest: A Globally Imperiled Association Endemic to Central Georgia
Patrick S. Lynch, Wendy B. Zomlefer
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The South Atlantic Coastal Plain Limestone Forest is a globally imperiled (G2) association restricted to the upper Coastal Plain of central Georgia. We conducted a comprehensive floristic inventory of this unique forest type during 2008–2011 at 7 sites (total of 44.67 ha [110.60 ac]) in Houston, Bleckley and Twiggs counties. The survey documented 336 vascular plant species in 98 families. The largest families were Asteraceae (28 spp.), Cyperaceae (22 spp.), Poaceae (19 spp.), Fabaceae (17 spp.), Rosaceae (16 spp.), and Fagaceae (14 spp.). Only 4.2% of this flora was non-native. Seventeen species were listed as rare, including the federally endangered Silene catesbaei. We provide a vouchered plant checklist for this association and general descriptions of the 3 main vegetation communities: uplands, slopes, and bottomlands.

Patrick S. Lynch and Wendy B. Zomlefer "Vascular Plant Flora of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain Limestone Forest: A Globally Imperiled Association Endemic to Central Georgia," Southeastern Naturalist 15(2), 331-345, (1 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.0210
Published: 1 June 2016
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