Habitats of North Carolina
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Floodplain Forests
General Wet Hardwood Forests
Habitat Overview This habitat includes river and stream bottomlands that support stands of hydrophilic species of hardwood trees. Upland depression swamps sharing the same species -- particularly Willow Oak -- are also included, as are non-riverine stands of wet hardwoods in the Coastal Plain. The soils of these habitats are frequently flooded and remain wet for prolonged periods following withdrawal of flood waters. However, they are not permanently inundated. This is the most generalized of the habitats associated with floodplains, occurring in at least two of the state's physiographic provinces. Most of these habitats in the Piedmont and Low Mountains are associated with brownwater habitats and are fairly rich in nutrients. In the Coastal Plain, both brownwater and blackwater forests are included.

Determining Species include several hardwood tree species that are tolerant of a wide range of nutrient, pH, and hydrological conditions. A few herbaceous species that occur widely across the state in floodplain forests are also members of this group. Species that require special soil or hydrological conditions, however, are treated in other habitats.

Animal species mainly comprise herbivores that are either obligates on the plant species belonging to this habitat or that are polyphagous on several of them. In some cases, the host plants are unknown but the species show a strong fidelity to bottomland hardwood forests.

Related NHP Natural Communities
Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Acrobasis carpinivorella GNRS3S40.0020
Acronicta betulae - Birch Dagger GNRS4S50.0002
Cepphis decoloraria - Dark Scallop Moth G4S3S40.0020
Chytolita petrealis - Stone-winged Owlet Moth G5S4S50.0002
Heterogenea shurtleffi - Red-eyed Button Slug Moth GNRS3S40.0020
Hypomecis longipectinaria - Broadly Pectinate Hypomecis G3G4S3S40.0020
Peridea bordeloni - Bordelon's Peridea GNRS3S40.0020
Xanthorhoe lacustrata - Toothed Brown Carpet Moth G5S3S40.0020
Betula nigra - River Birch G5S50.00
Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam G5S50.00
Quercus michauxii - Swamp Chestnut Oak G5S50.00
Quercus pagoda - Cherrybark Oak G5S50.00
Quercus phellos - Willow Oak G5S50.00
Carex debilis - White-edge Sedge G5S50.00
Eratoneura comoides
Eratoneura nigriventer
Oncopsis nigrinasi
Zephyranthes atamasco - Atamasco Lily G4G5S4S50.0002
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 0.0126
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 9
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0014
Number of S5 species = 6
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.6667
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.0042

Phagic and Competitory Symbioses: (Betula nigra/Acronicta betulae-Bucculatrix coronatella-Peridea bordeloni // (Carpinus caroliniana/Acrobasis carpinivorella)

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Updated on 2021-07-20 04:12:04