Seward Wetland Mapping Project

Chugach National Forest Plant Community Descriptions

From: R.L. DeVelice, C.J. Hubbard, K. Boggs, S. Boudreau, M. Potkin, T. Boucher and C. Wertheim.  1999.  Plant Community Types of the Chugach National Forest: southcentral Alaska.  USDA Forest Service, Chugach National Forest, Alaska Region Technical Publication R10-TP-76.  Anchorage, AK.  375pp. (download 3.5Mb .pdf)

Calamagrostis canadensis

(bluejoint reedgrass)

(CALCAN, 21 sites)

IIIA2a. Mesic graminoid herbaceous, fresh grass marsh

Bluejoint reedgrass around the fringe of a season variable pool along the Iditarod Trail.

Vegetation- Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint reedgrass) is generally

abundant and the dominant herbaceous species (Figure 13). Some sites

sampled have few other species besides Calamagrostis canadensis, while

others may have variable, but well represented associate species.

Occasional well represented associates include Sanguisorba stipulata (Sitka

burnet), Rubus arcticus (nagoonberry), Equisetum arvense (common

horsetail), Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), Epilobium angustifolium (tall

fireweed), Dryopteris dilatata (wood fern), and Veratrum viride (false


Physical setting- Bluejoint reedgrass is a major graminoid type on the

Chugach National Forest. It occurs on estuaries, raised tidal flats,

disturbed and non-disturbed foot slopes, low relief hills, and non-disturbed,

disturbed, and dissected mountain side slopes. Sites sampled are on all

aspects, on slopes to 65 percent, and at elevations to 2100 feet.

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03 November 2006 12:13