Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

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Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

21south/southwest by north/northeast. The more southern community is dominatedby cypress and the center is dominated by laurel oak. A small pop ash pond isfound at the northern end of the transect.Transect 2 – A large pop ash pond dominates the western end of transect2, which runs almost exactly west to east. The east end is dominated by cypresswith a subcanopy of pop ash. One subplot in the middle of the transect containsalmost exclusively red maple.Transect 3 – Running almost west to east, transect 3 is dominated by popash on the western end and cypress and laurel oak on the eastern end. Therewas more visible disturbance in the form of downed trees on transect 3 than anyother transect.Transect 4 – At the south end of north-south running transect 4 is atropical hardwood hammock dominated by gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba (L.)Sarg.) and willow bustic (Sideroxylon salicifolium (L.) Lam.) with an understory ofwhite stopper (Eugenia axillaris) and marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides Schltdl. &Cham.). The rest of the transect is dominated by pop ash.Vegetation Data CollectionCollection of vegetation data followed Whitley (1991). For the purpose ofmeasurement, each transect was divided into 5m by 5m subplots and identifiedalphabetically to organize data collection. All stems and branches greater than0.5cm in diameter at breast height (dbh - 1.3m) were measured, recorded, andtheir location mapped (McCollom 1990). Stems that appeared to be emergingfrom the ground individually were counted as individual plants. If stems

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