Alvar Plant List

Graminoids

  • ticklegrass (Agrostis scabra)
  • big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • prairie brome (Bromus kalmii)
  • blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
  • Crawe’s sedge (Carex crawei)
  • Richardson’s sedge (Carex richardsonii)
  • bulrush sedge (Carex scirpoidea)
  • poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
  • tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
  • flattened spike-rush (Eleocharis compressa)
  • golden-seeded spike-rush (Eleocharis elliptica)
  • mat muhly (Muhlenbergia richardsonis)
  • little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
  • prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Forbs

  • small pussytoes (Antennaria howellii)
  • wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • hairy rock cress (Arabis pycnocarpa)
  • harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)
  • field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)
  • Hill’s thistle (Cirsium hillii)
  • limestone calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)
  • bastard-toadflax (Comandra umbellata)
  • prairie cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)
  • wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
  • Carolina crane’s-bill (Geranium carolinianum)
  • prairie-smoke (Geum triflorum)
  • early saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)
  • rock sandwort (Minuartia michauxii)
  • wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • balsam ragwort (Packera paupercula)
  • early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)
  • small skullcap (Scutellaria parvula)
  • old-field goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)
  • upland white goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

Lichens

  • reindeer lichens (Cladina mitis and C. rangiferina)
  • felt lichen (Peltigera canina)

Mosses

  • schistidium mosses (Schistidium spp.)
  • tortella moss (Tortella spp.)

Shrubs

  • serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.)
  • shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)
  • common juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)
  • sand cherry (Prunus pumila)
  • choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica)
  • soapberry (Shepherdia canadensis)
  • snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

Trees

  • paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
  • white spruce (Picea glauca)
  • white pine (Pinus strobus)
  • quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • 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).