Botanical survey of Wildcat Hollow State Forest, Effingham County, Illinois

Gordon C. Tucker, Bob Edgin, Nicholas L. Owens, John E. Ebinger

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Wildcat Hollow State Forest is a 283 ha tract that contains a number of plant communi-ties including: dry-mesic upland forest, wet-mesic floodplain forest, cliff communities, a successional field, prairie reconstructions, and artificial ponds. We quantitatively sampled upland dry-mesic forest communities. The forest was dominated by oaks and hickories with Quercus alba (white oak), Q. velutina (black oak), Caryaovata (shagbark hickory), and C. tomentosa (mockernut hickory) the dominant species. The woody understory was dominated by shagbark hickory and Ulmus rubra (slippery elm), which accounted for nearly one-third of the 15,167 seedlings/ha. Other mesic tree species were common understory species, but were not important overstory components.A vouchered inventory included 518 species, of which 15 were ferns and fern-allies, 2 gymnosperms, 360 dicots, and 141 monocots.Exotic species were represented by 90 taxa, 17.3 % of the flora.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167--186
JournalTransactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2008


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