Alluvial Red Maple Swamp

Description: silver maple 1.jpe Description: river birch 4.jpe Photos: salicicola.com

 

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A richer variant of red maple swamp that occurs in low areas along rivers and streams that experience overbank flooding.

Alluvial red maple swamp forests occur along mainstem sections of smaller rivers in eastern Massachusetts (Nashua Assabet, Shawsheen, Concord, and Three Mile). They experience overbank flooding, but they appear to be more poorly drained than true floodplain forests. Soils are typically silt loams with pronounced soil mottling and a surface organic layer.

 

Photos credit to salicicola.com (unless otherwise noted). Natural communities information extracted from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). NHESP's Alluvial Red Maple Swamp natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Alluvial Red Maple Swamp

 

 

Species Name

red maple (Acer rubrum)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)

red oak (Quercus rubra)

white pine (Pinus strobus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina)

hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

northern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)

buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. latifolia)

alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

sweet pepperbush (Clenthra alnifolia)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)

cinnimon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

royal fern (Osmunda regalis)

sphagnum goldenrod (Solidago aestivalis)
Elliott's goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia)
swamp goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)

American water-horehound (Lycopus americanus)

pondshore water-horehound (Lycopus amplectans)

stalked water-horehound (Lycopus rubellus)\

swamp beggar-ticks (Bidens connata)

awned sedge (Carex crinita)

rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)

bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)

woodreed (Cinna arundinacea)

 

Description: red maple 2.jpe red maple (Acer rubrum)
Description: red maple 4.jpe red maple (Acer rubrum)
Description: red maple 5.jpg red maple (Acer rubrum)
Description: silver maple 2.jpg silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
Description: silver maple 3.jpg silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
Description: silver maple 4.jpe silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
American elm (Ulmus americana)
American elm (Ulmus americana)
American elm (Ulmus americana)
American elm (Ulmus americana)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
Description: green ash 4.jpe green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Description: green ash 3.jpe green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Description: green ash 1.jpg green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
Description: white oak 8.jpg swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
Description: white oak 5.jpe swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
Description: white oak 3.jpg swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
Description: white oak 6.jpe swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
Description: red oak 1.jpe red oak (Quercus rubra)
Description: red oak 5.jpe red oak (Quercus rubra)
Description: red oak 3.jpe red oak (Quercus rubra)
Description: Copy of white pine 7.jpe white pine (Pinus strobus)
Description: Copy of white pine 3.jpe white pine (Pinus strobus)
Description: Copy of white pine 4.jpe white pine (Pinus strobus)
Description: Copy of white pine 5.jpe white pine (Pinus strobus)
Description: black cherry 4.jpe black cherry (Prunus serotina)
Description: black cherry 1.jpe black cherry (Prunus serotina)
Description: black cherry 5.jpe black cherry (Prunus serotina)
Description: black cherry 3.jpe black cherry (Prunus serotina)
hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
Description: arrow-wood 1.jpe northern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum)
Description: arrow-wood 2.jpe northern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum)
Description: arrow-wood 4.jpe

northern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Description: silky dogwood 4.jpe silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Description: silky dogwood 1.jpe silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Description: silky dogwood 5.jpe silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)
buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. latifolia)
meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. latifolia)
meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. latifolia)
meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. latifolia)
alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)--Invasive species.
alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)--Invasive species.
alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)--Invasive species.
alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)--Invasive species.
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
sweet pepperbush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepperbush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepperbush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepperbush (Clenthra alnifolia)
Description: sensitive fern 3.jpe sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
Description: sensitive fern 6.jpe

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

Description: sensitive fern 1.jpe sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
Description: false nettle 2.jpe false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)
Description: false nettle 3.jpe false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)
Description: false nettle 1.jpg false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)
cinnimon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnimon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnimon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnimon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
Description: royal fern 5.jpe royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
Description: royal fern 2.jpe royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
Description: royal fern 1.jpe royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
sphagnum goldenrod (Solidago aestivalis)
sphagnum goldenrod (Solidago aestivalis)
sphagnum goldenrod (Solidago aestivalis)
sphagnum goldenrod (Solidago aestivalis)
Elliott's goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia)
Elliott's goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia)
Elliott's goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia)
Elliott's goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia)
swamp goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)
swamp goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)
swamp goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)
swamp goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)
jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
swamp beggar-ticks (Bidens connata)
swamp beggar-ticks (Bidens connata)
swamp beggar-ticks (Bidens connata)
swamp beggar-ticks (Bidens connata)
Description: awned sedge 2.jpg awned sedge (Carex crinita)
Description: awned sedge 1.jpe awned sedge (Carex crinita)
Description: awned sedge 3.jpe awned sedge (Carex crinita)
American water-horehound (Lycopus americanus)
American water-horehound (Lycopus americanus)
American water-horehound (Lycopus americanus)
American water-horehound (Lycopus americanus)
pondshore water-horehound (Lycopus amplectans)
pondshore water-horehound (Lycopus amplectans)
pondshore water-horehound (Lycopus amplectans)
pondshore water-horehound (Lycopus amplectans)
stalked water-horehound (Lycopus rubellus)
stalked water-horehound (Lycopus rubellus)
stalked water-horehound (Lycopus rubellus)
stalked water-horehound (Lycopus rubellus)
rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)
bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)
bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)
bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)
woodreed (Cinna arundinacea)
woodreed (Cinna arundinacea)
woodreed (Cinna arundinacea)
woodreed (Cinna arundinacea)