Dry-Mesic Northern Forest Plant List

Graminoids

  • wavy hair grass (Avenella flexuosa)
  • long-awned wood grass (Brachyelytrum aristosum)
  • Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
  • poverty oats (Danthonia spicata)
  • rice grass (Oryzopsis asperifolia)

Forbs

  • wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
  • poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
  • blue-bead lily (Clintonia borealis)
  • goldthread (Coptis trifolia)
  • coral-root orchids (Corallorhiza maculata and C. trifida)
  • pink lady-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
  • large-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
  • rattlesnake plantains (Goodyera oblongifolia and G. pubescens)
  • pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)
  • twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
  • Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
  • partridge berry (Mitchella repens)
  • Indian-pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
  • gay-wings (Polygala paucifolia)
  • pine-drops (Pterospora andromedea)
  • large-leaved shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica)
  • starflower (Trientalis borealis)

Ferns

  • wood ferns (Dryopteris spp.)
  • bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

Fern Allies

  • ground-pine (Dendrolycopodium obscurum)

Shrubs

  • serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.)
  • pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)
  • bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
  • beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
  • bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
  • trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens)
  • wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
  • witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Canadian fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)
  • choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium and V. myrtilloides)

Trees

  • balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
  • striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum)
  • red maple (Acer rubrum)
  • serviceberries (Amelanchier arborea and A. laevis)
  • paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
  • white spruce (Picea glauca)
  • black spruce (Picea mariana)
  • red pine (Pinus resinosa)
  • white pine (Pinus strobus)
  • big-toothed aspen (Populus grandidentata)
  • quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • white oak (Quercus alba)
  • red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • black oak (Quercus velutina)
  • hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

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).