Dry, Rich Oak Forest/Woodland

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Overview

Deciduous, predominantly oak forest with a rich understory of herbaceous plants and graminoids. The shrub layer has fewer ericaceous plants than other oak forests.

Often steep slopes with warm, southwest exposure. Soil is enriched due to overwash and downslope movement of nutrients. Best developed on less acidic rocks.

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 Dry, Rich Oak Forest/Woodland natural community page.

SEMPBA Archives: Dry, Rich Oak Forest/Woodland

 

Species Name

red oak (Quercus rubra)

black oak (Quercus velutina)

white oak (Quercus alba)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

red maple (Acer rubrum)

American beech (Fagus grandifolia)

white ash (Fraxinus americana)

shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

pignut hickory (Carya glabra)

mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)

eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

hop-hornbeam (Ostrya americana)

witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

blunt-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

perfoliate bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

four-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

smooth false foxglove (Aureolaria flava)

fernleaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia)

downy false foxglove (Aureolaria virginica)

wild coffee (Triosteum aurantiacum)

bush clover (Lespedeza procumbens)

tick-trefoils (Desmodium rotundifolium)

reflexed sedge (Carex retroflexa)

ribbed sedge (Carex virescens)

big star-sedge (Carex rosea)

 

red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)—No photographs found.
hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

blunt-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

 

By Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org - Forestry Images: Anemone americana (DC.) H.Hara (round-lobe hepatica), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22220039)

perfoliate bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

 

By Fritzflohrreynolds (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

four-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia)
four-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia)
four-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia)
early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
smooth false foxglove (Aureolaria flava)
smooth false foxglove (Aureolaria flava)
fernleaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia)
fernleaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia)
fernleaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia)
fernleaf yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria pedicularia)
downy false foxglove (Aureolaria virginica)
downy false foxglove (Aureolaria virginica)
downy false foxglove (Aureolaria virginica)
downy false foxglove (Aureolaria virginica)

wild coffee (Triosteum aurantiacum)

 

By Joshua Mayer (wackybadger) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

bush clover (Lespedeza procumbens)

bush clover (Lespedeza procumbens)
tick-trefoils (Desmodium rotundifolium)
tick-trefoils (Desmodium rotundifolium)
tick-trefoils (Desmodium rotundifolium)
tick-trefoils (Desmodium rotundifolium)
reflexed sedge (Carex retroflexa)
reflexed sedge (Carex retroflexa)
reflexed sedge (Carex retroflexa)
ribbed sedge (Carex virescens)
ribbed sedge (Carex virescens)
ribbed sedge (Carex virescens)
ribbed sedge (Carex virescens)
big star-sedge (Carex rosea)
big star-sedge (Carex rosea)
big star-sedge (Carex rosea)
big star-sedge (Carex rosea)