The vascular plant community was surveyed at Haskamp Woods, Allen County, Indiana, which we compared to six neighboring forests. We encountered 54 unique species across the understory, midstory, and overstory strata. Species richness and diversity at Haskamp Woods were greatest in the understory. Coefficient of conservatism at Haskamp Woods was only greater than one of the neighboring forests, while floristic quality index was the median value. Additionally, using nonmetric multidimensional scaling to visualize dissimilarity between the seven forests, Haskamp Woods was more dissimilar to the two properties with the longest protection history and the two privately owned properties. Overstory and midstory at Haskamp Woods were dominated by Acer saccharum. The overstory composition was relatively similar to five of the neighboring forests, with the sixth differing because it is an uncommon forest type in the region. Overall, Haskamp Woods had similarities and differences in species composition compared to the six neighboring forests. Variability in protection and disturbance histories, as well as edaphic conditions, result in variable forest communities.
Biology | Botany | Forest Biology
Abhijeet Bisht, Kasey L. Fracica, Areli M. Gutierrez, Jessica R. Hinson, Alysa A. Hopkins, Jillian M. Josimovich, Monica N. Matthews, Andrea L. Myers, John E. Myers, Rikki A. Ratsch, Aaron J. Rudolph, Alexander J. Silowsky, Cecelia E. Smith, Kelcy Tolliver, Adam M. Yaney-Keller, and Jordan M. Marshall (2017).
Survey of Haskamp Woods, Allen County, Indiana, and floristic comparison with neighboring forest properties. Phytoneuron.2017-69, 1-13.