Dry-Mesic Southern Forest Plant List

Graminoids

  • autumn bent (Agrostis perennans)
  • long-awned wood grass (Brachyelytrum erectum)
  • Canada brome (Bromus pubescens)
  • sedges (Carex albursina, C. cephalophora, C. communis, C. digitalis, C. pensylvanica, C. rosea, and others)
  • poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
  • panic grasses (Dichanthelium spp.)
  • bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)
  • nodding fescue (Festuca subverticillata)
  • cut-leaved rice-grass (Oryzopsis asperifolia)

Forbs

  • doll’s eyes (Actaea pachypoda)
  • tall agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)
  • hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
  • wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
  • poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
  • false foxglove (Aureolaria spp.)
  • enchanter’s-nightshade (Circaea canadensis)
  • wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)
  • large-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
  • bedstraws (Galium circaezans, G. triflorum, and others)
  • wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)
  • round-leaved hepatica (Hepatica americana)
  • pointed-leaf tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)
  • naked-flower tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum nudiflorum)
  • Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
  • false spikenard (Maianthemum racemosum)
  • hairy sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)
  • jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)
  • lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)
  • may apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
  • large-leaved shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica)
  • black snakeroots (Sanicula spp.)
  • bluestem goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
  • elm-leaved goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia)
  • early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
  • rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
  • common trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
  • large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)
  • merrybells (Uvularia sessilifolia)
  • downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

Ferns

  • rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)
  • bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

Woody Vines

  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
  • bristly greenbrier (Smilax hispida)
  • poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
  • summer grape (Vitis aestivalis)
  • riverbank grape (Vitis riparia)

Shrubs

  • serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.)
  • gray dogwood (Cornus foemina)
  • American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
  • wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
  • witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)
  • common blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)
  • black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
  • wild red raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
  • low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
  • Canada blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)
  • hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
  • maple-leaved arrow-wood (Viburnum acerifolium)

Trees

  • red maple (Acer rubrum)
  • juneberry (Amelanchier arborea)
  • bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
  • pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
  • shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
  • alternate-leaved dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
  • flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • white ash (Fraxinus americana)
  • ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
  • black cherry (Prunus serotina)
  • white oak (Quercus alba)
  • northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)
  • red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • black oak (Quercus velutina)
  • sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  • basswood (Tilia americana)

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).