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Sandplain Heathland

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Overview

An open, dwarf shrub dominated, primarily coastal community, sharing many species with Sandplain Grasslands. Heathlands often have sparse clumps of plants with bare soil or lichen cover between the vascular plants.

Heathlands occur on acidic, nutrient poor, droughty soils. Sandplain heathlands grade into Sandplain Grasslands, and both grade into other coastal communities such as Maritime Shrublands, Scrub Oak Shrublands, and Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak Communities, where they often occur in openings. Natural occurrences were likely maintained by fire and / or salt spray.

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 Sandplain Heathland natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Sandplain Heathland

 

Species Name

scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)

black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

broom crowberry (Corema conradii)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)

chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)

dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)

sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)

beach plum (Prunus maritima)

dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)

sandplain flax (Linum intercursum)

sandplain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium fuscatum)
eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor)
purple cudweed (Gamochaeta purpurea)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

 

scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
broom crowberry (Corema conradii)
broom crowberry (Corema conradii)
broom crowberry (Corema conradii)
broom crowberry (Corema conradii)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)  
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)--Hillside blueberries tend to be taller and develop later than low bush blueberries.
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
 Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides)
chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)

beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
beach plum (Prunus maritima)
dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)
dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)

dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)

dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)
sandplain flax (Linum intercursum)
sandplain flax (Linum intercursum)
sandplain flax (Linum intercursum)
sandplain flax (Linum intercursum)
sandplain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium fuscatum)
sandplain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium fuscatum)
sandplain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium fuscatum)
sandplain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium fuscatum)

eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor)

Photo credit: Rolling Meadows Farm, iNaturalist.org http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1037149

eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor)

Photo credit: Rolling Meadows Farm, iNaturalist.org http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/1300390

eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor)

Photo credit: Mary Keim, iNaturalist.org http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3924454

eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor)

Photo credit: ajm1993, iNaturalist.org http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4586188

purple cudweed (Gamochaeta purpurea)

By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6169781
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)