Habitats of North Carolina
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Habitat Overview Thickets of New Jersey Tea and symbionts.

New Jersey Tea is found widely across the state in fairly dry, upland stands of hardwoods, particularly along edges and light gaps. It is a favorite food of deer and has been greatly reduced in many areas due to the build-up of the deer herd in absence of predators.

Many of the insects that feed on New Jersey Tea appear to have been formerly much more widespread than they are now, possibly due to the effects of deer over-browsing.

Related NHP Natural Communities Ceanothus americanus is listed as a regular or important constituent of the following Natural Community type: Ultramafic Outcrop Barren (Virginia Pine Subtype), Pine/Scrub Oak Sandhill (Mesic Transition Subtype). It is also found in number of other dry-xeric communities, including both hardwood and pine dominated forests. One large occurence has been recorded within a stand of Mesic Pine Savanna (Little River Subtype).

Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Ancylis semiovana GNRS1S30.0460
Apodrepanulatrix liberaria - Barrens Carpet G3S1S20.1284
Erastria coloraria - Broad-lined Erastria Moth G3G4S2S30.0164
Ceanothus americanus - New Jersey Tea G5S50.000000000
Erynnis martialis - Mottled Duskywing G3S20.0460
Scaphytopius abbreviatus
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 0.2368
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 4
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0592
Number of S5 species = 1
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.2500
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.1776

Phagic and Competitory Symbioses: (Ceanothus americanus/Ancylis semiovana-Apodrepanulatrix liberaria-Erastria coloraria-Erynnis martialis-Scaphytopius abbreviatus)

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Updated on 2020-04-22 12:43:55