Symphyotrichum firmum (Nees) T & G
Rachel Hackett & Hillary Karbowski RHHK939
United States, Michigan, Washtenaw, Buss Road Fen
Prairie fen mostly round in shape with large Typha pond/stream in center. Surrounded by wooded upland. Encroachment by shrubs (Cornus, Spiraea alba, Toxicodendron vernix), especially from the north. There are large patches of Typha, Lythrum salicaria, and Phalaris arundinacaea in the northeast. The northwest has amazingly low number of invasives seen. No signs of management but many tracks of trucks or ATVs. Also, many invasives (Phalaris arundinacea and Lythrum salicaria) along creek. Some Frangula alnus in the southwest. In east central portion of prairie fen, 40m west of stream, 200m east of western border, 5m west of a line of three 6-10m tall Larix laricina. Area dominated by Carex with Typha, Dasiphora fruticosa, and Rhamnus alnifolia. Cornus and Spiraea alba also common. Ground uneven and wet with standing water.
Population - Common, 2-8 individuals per 1m2 area. Some branching, none blooming.
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