Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More on Hunter Prairie

Yesterday I posted photos from one of Captina's most unique habitats - the Hunter cedar glade or limestone prairie.  Here are some additional photos from Monday's trip.

Sections of the ground were matted with birds nest lichens
(Cladonia sp.) also known as reindeer lichens.  They
are small fruiticoselichens that grow in clumps on poor
soils and are easily overlooked. 

Several stalks of greenbrier were observed with this being the

A stand of small eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis)with seedpods
still attached.  These will have brilliant red flower in the spring and
are indicator species of limestone-based soils.

Shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria) growing amidst the cedars.
The only oak in eastern Ohio without a lobed leaf.

Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) is similar to the more
common staghorn sumac but lacks velvet fuzziness on
the seed clusters and twigs.

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