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)
Picea X lutzii/Alnus crispassp. sinuata-Menziesia ferruginea
(Lutz spruce/Sitka alder-rusty menziesia)
(PICLUT/ALNUS-MENFER; 4 sites)
IA1.-IA2. Closed and open needleleaf forest
Vegetation-Sites are dominated by Picea X lutzii (Lutz spruce), with Betula
papyrifera(paper birch) as a consistent minor associate. Alnus crispa ssp.
sinuata(Sitka alder) and Menziesia ferruginea (rusty menziesia) are well
represented and dominate the tall shrub layer. Other shrubs with high
constancy but low cover includeRosa acicularis (prickly rose), Vaccinium
ovalifolium(early blueberry), Viburnum edule (highbush cranberry), Linnaea
borealis(twinflower), and Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lowbush cranberry).
Dominant herbaceous species areCornus canadensis (bunchberry), Rubus
pedatus(fiveleaf bramble), and Equisetum sp. (horsetail). Other species in
the undergrowth with high constancy but low cover includePyrola sp.
(wintergreen),Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), and Lycopodium clavatum
Physical setting- Lutz spruce/Sitka alder-rusty menziesia is a minor type in
the Kenai Mountains. Sufficient site data are not available at this time.
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