Midsummer standing crops of wetland sedge meadows along a transect from forest to prairie

Eville Gorham, John M. Bernard

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Standing crops were measured in sedge meadows along a 135 km transect from forest to prairie in northwestern Minnesota. Eight of the meadows were located in forest sites; all but one were on waterlogged fibrous peat. These sites were dominated by Carex lacustris (4 sites), C. lasiocarpa (2), C. rostrata (1) and C. atherodes (1). Above-ground standing crops ranged from 425 to 738 g dry wt./sq m, with a mean of 606 g/sq m. The five prairie sites occurred on well-drained silty peats, and standing crops ranged from 679 to 1248 g dry weight per sq m, with a mean of 941 g per sq m. Above-ground standing crop in prairie site was 55% greater than in forest sites.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)15-17
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Minnesota Academy of Science
StatePublished - 1975


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