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Flora of baygalls on Ft. Polk in west central Louisiana.

Baygall is a local term applied to the headwaters of often-intermittent streams in upland pine forests, plus the associated vegetation and soils. The baygall flora at Ft. Polk, Louisiana consists of 300+ taxa. The obvious woody species include red bay (Perseapalustris), white bay (Magnolia virginiana), large gallberry (Ilex coriacea), and black gum (Nyssa sylvatica). Herbaceous species include royal (Osmunda regalis), cinnamon (Osmunda cinnamomea), and Virginia chain ferns (Woodwardia virginica); joe pye weed (Eupatoriumfistulosum); peat moss (Sphagnum spp.); and several orchids. Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) is known from Louisiana from only two baygalls on Ft. Polk.

Allen, C.M. and C.S. Stagg. ULM.
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Author:Allen, C.M.; Stagg, C.S.
Publication:The Proceedings of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences
Geographic Code:1U7LA
Date:Jan 1, 2000
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