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Maritime Pitch Pine Woodland on Dunes

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Overview

Scattered pitch pines on active sand dunes, many with trunks at least partially buried. Open canopy with bare ground and scattered shrubs, herbaceous plant, and patches of lichen.

The community occurs on moderately stabilized back dunes where storms produce active sand movement. The areas receive salt spray during storms and strong winds, but not on a daily basis.

 

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 Pitch Pine Woodland on Dunes natural community page.

 

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Species Name

pitch pine (Pinus rigida)

beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

 

pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
beach heather (Hudsonia tomentosa)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)