Habitats of North Carolina
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Floodplain Forests
General Wet-Hydric Floodplains

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Habitat Overview The defining members of this habitat type are species that live within forests growing in bottomlands, swamps, and the forested edges of lakes and impoundments. Areas of standing water are also important habitat factors. Plant species of this habitat grow on both wet bottomlands and swamps; the animals use pools and swamp waters either as direct habitat for larvae or adults and/or the source of the insect or vertebrate prey upon which they specialize.

Members of this habitat occur in at least two of the state's physiographic provinces and soil pH is not an important factor. Upland depression swamp forests are included but most examples of non-riverine swamp forests and peatland forests are excluded, since they represent more specialized habitats and are generally restricted to the Coastal Plain.

Related NHP Natural Communities The following NHP Natural Communities (leaving out the subtypes) contribute habitat for this group: Brownwater Levee Forest, Blackwater Levee/Bar Forest, Brownwater Bottomland Hardwoods, Blackwater Bottomland Hardwoods, Cypress–Gum Swamp, Sandhill Streamhead Swamp, Coastal Plain Small Stream Swamp, Coastal Plain Semipermanent Impoundment, Montane Alluvial Forest, Montane Floodplain Slough Forest, Piedmont Alluvial Forest, Piedmont Headwater Stream Forest, Piedmont Levee Forest, Piedmont Bottomland Forest, Piedmont Swamp Forest, Piedmont/Mountain Semipermanent Impoundment, Natural Lake Shoreline Swamp, Coastal Plain Depression Swamp, Maritime Swamp Forest, and Tidal Swamp
Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
BIRDS
Buteo lineatus - Red-shouldered Hawk G5S50.00
Protonotaria citrea - Prothonotary Warbler G5S50.00
Strix varia - Barred Owl G5S40.0007
MOTHS
Cameraria ulmella GNRSU0.0020
Dyspyralis nigellus GNRS3S40.0020
Phalaenostola eumelusalis - Dark Phalaenostola Moth GNRS4S50.0002
Rivula stepheni - Stephen's Spotted Grass Moth GNRSU0.0020
Theisoa constrictella GNRSU0.0020
GRAMINOIDS
Carex louisianica - Louisiana Sedge G5S40.0007
Cinna arundinacea - Sweet Woodreed G5S50.00
FORBS
Commelina virginica - Virginia Dayflower G5S50.00
Dioscorea villosa - Wild Yam G5S50.00
Penthorum sedoides - Ditch-stonecrop G5S40.0007
Persicaria setacea - Bog Smartweed G5S50.00
ODONATES
Epiaeschna heros - Swamp Darner G5S50.00
Epiaeschna heros
Epitheca spinosa - Robust Baskettail G4S40.0007
Gomphaeschna antilope - Taper-tailed Darner G4S40.0007
Gomphaeschna furcillata - Harlequin Darner G5S4S50.0002
Ischnura prognata - Furtive Forktail G4S3S40.0020
Libellula axilena - Bar-winged Skimmer G5S50.00
Libellula vibrans - Great Blue Skimmer G5S50.00
Libellula vibrans
Nasiaeschna pentacantha - Cyrano Darner G5S4S50.0002
Sympetrum ambiguum - Blue-faced Meadowhawk G5S50.00
HEMIPTERAN HOPPERS
Eratoneura hymettana
Eratoneura morgani
Scaphoideus crassus
Scaphoideus soleus
SALAMANDERS
Pseudotriton montanus - Mud Salamander G5S50.00
HARDWOODS
Quercus lyrata - Overcup Oak G5S50.00
Quercus palustris - Pin Oak G5S20.0460
Ulmus americana - American Elm G5S50.00
VINES
Thyrsanthella difformis - Climbing Dogbane G5S50.00
Vitis simpsonii - Florida Grape GNRS40.0007
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 0.0608
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 15
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0041
Number of S5 species = 14
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.9333
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.0041

Candidates for Inclusion Crayfish and other bottomland invertebrates
Habitat Sub-sets
Distribution Map
Distribution
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Survey Coverage
Survey Priorities
Average Imperilment of Habitat Members
Habitat Conservation Status
High Quality Habitat Occurrence Table
High Quality Habitat Occurrences
Protected Habitat Occurrences
Threats and Trends
Status Summary
Stewardship Recommendations
References
Updated on 2021-03-21 15:10:32