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Rich Cove Forest Plant Community

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Characteristic plants of the Southern Appalachian Rich Cove Forest community.

Distinguishing characteristics: Diverse mixture of moisture-loving trees and lush, species-rich herbaceous layer with amazing diversity of spring ephemerals
Occurrence: Fairly widespread in the mountains at low to mid elevations
Conservation aspects: Tremendous plant diversity, some of the best examples of old-growth deciduous forests in eastern North America and some of the best spring wildflower displays. Threatened by residential development, invasive species, and overharvesting of medicinal plants.

References:
T. P. Spira: Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont, 1st edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Image location:
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, Profile Trail near trail head, elevation 3,800 ft