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Floristics

McMurchie, Elizabeth [1], Weeks, Andrea [2].

A floristic survey of vascular plants of the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia.

A floristic survey and analysis of community composition were conducted during the 2017 growing season at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), Purcellville, Virginia. The BRCES is a 900 acre park located in the "Between the Hills" region of Loudoun County between the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountains. The park contains several wetlands, including Gordon Pond, Piney Run, Sweet Run and an unshaded seep adjacent to Sweet Run, as well as a wetland that has developed in place of a formerly dammed pond. Parts of two meadows, Demory Field and Sawmill Field, as well as a powerline cut, are maintained for native grasses and meadow plants. On June 14, 2016, the mostly wooded western 600 acres of the park were transferred to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to form Loudoun County's first State Park. In this study, vascular plants of 468 taxa at the species level belonging to 308 genera and 101 families were identified. Twenty-eight species identified were new records for Loudoun County. One species, Pycnanthemum torreyi, is considered rare at the state level under the Virginia Natural Heritage Resources designation S2 (imperiled). Eleven plots were used to determine community types as defined by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program.


1 - George Mason University, School of Systems Biology , 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA, 20110, USA
2 - George Mason University, Department Of Biology, 4400 University Drive MSN 3E1, Fairfax, VA, 22030, United States

Keywords:
floristics
plants of Virginia.

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Floristics
Location: Grand Ballroom - Exhibit Hall/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PFL005
Abstract ID:650
Candidate for Awards:None


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