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Maritime Dune

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Overview

This is the classic community of sand dunes, with patches of herbaceous plants interspersed with areas of bare sand and shrubs.

The maritime dune community occurs on windswept dunes, within the salt spray zone, often landward of the Beach Strand Community and grading into shrubland or woodlands on the more sheltered back dunes. Dunes are deposited by wind action or storm overwash. Wet areas between dunes are Interdunal Swale Communities. Usually part of a barrier beach system. Ability of dunes to move is an important part of the habitat they provide.

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 Maritime Dune natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Maritime Dune

 

Species Name

dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)

seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)

beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)

bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

beach plum (Prunus maritima)

poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

salt hay (Spartina patens)

common hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)

little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)

pinweed (Lechea maritima)

jointweed (Polygonella articulata)

pitch pine (Pinus rigida)

 

dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

salt hay (Spartina patens)
salt hay (Spartina patens)
salt hay (Spartina patens)
common hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)
common hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)

common hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)

little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)

poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)

pinweed (Lechea maritima)
pinweed (Lechea maritima)
pinweed (Lechea maritima)
pinweed (Lechea maritima)
jointweed (Polygonella articulata)

jointweed (Polygonella articulata)

jointweed (Polygonella articulata)
jointweed (Polygonella articulata)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)