Northern Fen Plant List

Graminoids

  • blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
  • sedges (Carex aquatilis, C. buxbaumii, C. chordorrhiza, C. exilis, C. flava, C. interior, C. lasiocarpa, C. leptalea, C. limosa, C. livida, C. sterilis, C. stricta, and others)
  • twig-rush (Cladium mariscoides)
  • tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
  • panic grass (Dichanthelium lindheimeri)
  • three-way sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)
  • spike-rushes (Eleocharis elliptica, E. rostellata, and others)
  • cotton-grasses (Eriophorum angustifolium and E. viridi-carinatum)
  • rush (Juncus brachycephalus)
  • marsh wild-timothy (Muhlenbergia glomerata)
  • common reed (Phragmites australis subsp. americanus)
  • white beak-rush (Rhynchospora alba)
  • beak-rush (Rhynchospora capillacea)
  • alpine bulrush (Trichophorum alpinum)
  • tufted bulrush (Trichophorum cespitosum)

Forbs

  • white camas (Anticlea elegans)
  • dragon’s mouth (Arethusa bulbosa)
  • flat-topped white aster (Doellingeria umbellata)
  • round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
  • small fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata)
  • wild blue flag (Iris versicolor)
  • Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)
  • bog buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
  • balsam ragwort (Packera paupercula)
  • grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)
  • tall white bog orchid (Platanthera dilatata)
  • silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
  • bird’s-eye primrose (Primula mistassinica)
  • round-leaved pyrola (Pyrola americana)
  • pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
  • Ohio goldenrod (Solidago ohioensis)
  • bog goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)
  • nodding ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes cernua)
  • rush aster (Symphyotrichum boreale)
  • false asphodel (Triantha glutinosa)
  • marsh St. John’s-wort (Triadenum fraseri)
  • common bog arrow-grass (Triglochin maritima)

Mosses

  • brown mosses (Family Amblystegiaceae)
  • sphagnum mosses (Sphagnum spp.)

Shrubs

  • tag alder (Alnus incana)
  • bog birch (Betula pumila)
  • shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)
  • Kalm’s St. John’s-wort (Hypericum kalmianum)
  • creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)
  • sweet gale (Myrica gale)
  • alder-leaved buckthorn (Rhamnus alnifolia)
  • sage willow (Salix candida)
  • bog willow (Salix pedicellaris)
  • meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)

Trees

  • tamarack (Larix laricina)
  • black spruce (Picea mariana)
  • northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Citation

Cohen, J.G., M.A. Kost, B.S. Slaughter, D.A. Albert, J.M. Lincoln, A.P. Kortenhoven, C.M. Wilton, H.D. Enander, and K.M. Korroch. 2020. Michigan Natural Community Classification [web application]. Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension, Lansing, Michigan. Available https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/communities/classification. (Accessed: October 20, 2020).