Original Post by Kayla Sizemore:
soil – deep layer of organic soil and peat/sand mixture
large amounts of charcoal due to frequent fires
pH – low
Phosphorus is the limiting nutrient
nutrient poor, cycling ombrotrophic
Evergreen shrubs and trees dominate
Carnivorous plants like venus fly traps and pitcher plants are present, due to low nutrients.
P:R ratio ~=1
Weblike food chains
High species density
I am identifying the wetland as a Pocosin. A crucial piece of information is that there is a deep layer of organic soil and peat/sand mixture. It is a rare combination compared to the other wetlands we are studying. The large amounts of charcoal is also a rare aspect of a pocosin that stuck out to me. The nutrient-poor cycling also enabled me to eliminate other wetlands from being the possible match. The coexistence of the two plant adaptations are also unique to a Pocosin (Flanagan 2016). Great job having accurate descriptors!
Flanagan, Kathryn. 2016. Power Point Presentation. https://canvas.du.edu/courses/128480/files?preview=8582554