|Alluvial Red Maple Swamp|
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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.
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