Highbush Blueberry Thicket

Description: blueberry 5.jpe Description: leatherleaf 2.jpe
Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Acidic peatlands dominated by dense highbush blueberry bushes on hummocky sphagnum moss. Highbush blueberry thickets appear to occur in areas that are wetter and more mineral- enriched than dwarf shrub level bog communities. Tall shrub thickets are generally flooded in spring and early summer, but water levels drop below the soil surface by late summer or early fall. The sphagnum mat is variable; it can be patchy and unstable or thick and stable. Many of the known examples occupy kettleholes.

 

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 Highbush Blueberry Thicket natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Highbush Blueberry Thicket

 

Species Name

highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)

winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

sweet pepper-bush (Clenthra alnifolia)

red maple (Acer rubrum)

sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)

leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)

dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia bigeloviana)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

royal fern (Osmunda regalis)

marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

Virgina chain-fern (Woodwardia virginica)

pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)

marsh St. John's wort (Triadenum virginicum)

wild calla (Calla palustris)

northern water-horehound (Lycopus uniflorus)

threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)

sphagnum moss

three-leaved Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum trifolium)

 

Description: blueberry 4.jpe highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Description: blueberry 3.jpg highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Description: blueberry 1.jpe highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Description: azalea 5.jpe swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)
Description: azalea 4.jpg swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)
Description: azalea 3.jpg swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
sweet pepper-bush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepper-bush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepper-bush (Clenthra alnifolia)
sweet pepper-bush (Clenthra alnifolia)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
Description: sheep laurel 6.jpe sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Description: sheep laurel 1.jpe sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Description: sheep laurel 4.jpe sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Description: leatherleaf 5.jpe leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
Description: leatherleaf 1.jpe leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
Description: leatherleaf 4.jpe leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)

dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia bigeloviana)

Photo credit: Sean Blaney, iNaturalist.org, http://inaturalist.ca/photos/5684272

dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia bigeloviana)

Photo credit: gemven, iNaturalist.org, http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/5303080

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)
marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)
marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)
marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)
sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
Virgina chain-fern (Woodwardia virginica)
Virgina chain-fern (Woodwardia virginica)
Virgina chain-fern (Woodwardia virginica)
Virgina chain-fern (Woodwardia virginica)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
marsh St. John's wort (Triadenum virginicum)
marsh St. John's wort (Triadenum virginicum)
marsh St. John's wort (Triadenum virginicum)
marsh St. John's wort (Triadenum virginicum)
wild calla (Calla palustris)
wild calla (Calla palustris)
wild calla (Calla palustris)
wild calla (Calla palustris)
northern water-horehound (Lycopus uniflorus)
northern water-horehound (Lycopus uniflorus)
northern water-horehound (Lycopus uniflorus)
northern water-horehound (Lycopus uniflorus)
threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)
threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)
threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)
threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)
sphagnum moss--Sphagnum beneath Sceuschzeria palustris.
sphagnum mosss--Sphagnum beneath Sceuschzeria palustris.
sphagnum mosss--Sphagnum beneath Vaccinninum macrocarpon.

three-leaved SolomonŐs seal (Maianthemum trifolium)

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