Granite Cliff Plant List

Graminoids

  • poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
  • tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

Forbs

  • small-leaved pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)
  • wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
  • bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)
  • rock whitlow-grass (Draba arabisans)
  • large-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
  • wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
  • Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
  • downy Solomon seal (Polygonatum pubescens)
  • three-toothed cinquefoil (Sibbaldiopsis tridentata)
  • twisted-stalks (Streptopus spp.)

Ferns

  • maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes)
  • fragrant woodfern (Dryopteris fragrans)
  • marginal woodfern (Dryopteris marginalis)
  • oak fern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris)
  • smooth cliff-brake (Pellaea glabella)
  • common polypody (Polypodium virginianum)
  • bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
  • rusty woodsia (Woodsia ilvensis)

Woody Vines

  • red honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)
  • poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Shrubs

  • serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.)
  • bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
  • bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
  • wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • common juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • Canadian fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)
  • choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
  • dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)
  • wild red raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
  • low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Trees

  • balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
  • sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
  • mountain maple (Acer spicatum)
  • serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.)
  • paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
  • white spruce (Picea glauca)
  • jack pine (Pinus banksiana)
  • red pine (Pinus resinosa)
  • white pine (Pinus strobus)
  • big-toothed aspen (Populus grandidentata)
  • quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • 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).