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Level Bog

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Overview

Acidic dwarf ericaceous shrub peatlands, generally with pronounced hummock-hollow topography. Level bogs are the most acidic and nutrient-poor of Massachusetts' peatland communities.

Level bog communities receive little or no streamflow and they are isolated from the water table, making them the most acidic and nutrient-poor of peatland communities. The pH of level bogs is in the range of 3 to 4. Level bogs develop along pond margins, at the headwaters of streams, or in isolated valley bottoms without inlet or outlet streams.

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 Level Bog natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Level Bog

 

Species Name

sphagnum moss

leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)

rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)

sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)

bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia var. glaucophylla)

Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum)

highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

red maple (Acer rubrum)

pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)

roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
spoonleaf sundew (Drosera intermedia)

 

sphagnum moss--Sphagnum beneath Sceuschzeria palustris.
sphagnum mosss--Sphagnum beneath Sceuschzeria palustris.
sphagnum mosss--Sphagnum beneath Vaccinninum macrocarpon.
leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)
bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia var. glaucophylla)

bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia var. glaucophylla)

Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum)

 

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highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)
small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)
small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)
tamarack (Larix laricina)
tamarack (Larix laricina)
tamarack (Larix laricina)
black spruce (Picea mariana)
black spruce (Picea mariana)
black spruce (Picea mariana)
black spruce (Picea mariana)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)
pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)

roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
spoonleaf sundew (Drosera intermedia)
spoonleaf sundew (Drosera intermedia)
spoonleaf sundew (Drosera intermedia)