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Seasonal moisture fluctuations four species of pocosin vegetationAuthor(s): George W. Wendel; Theodore G. Storey
Source: Station Paper SE-SP-147. Asheville, NC: USDA-Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
Publication Series: Other
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionDuring the most severe burning conditions practically all of the living understory vegetation on pocosins may be consumed by fire (9). Even under less severe conditions leaves and branch tips are readily consumed. Whether the moisture content in the living vegetation is high, as it is in the spring, or low, as in the winter, exerts a strong influence on fuel flammability and fire behavior. The moisture content in live pocosin fuels is generally higher than in dead fuels; however, the moisture content of individual plant species and the seasonal moisture changes are not known. This paper reports on the moisture content fluctuations for one year in four common understory plants in North Carolina pocosins: common gallberry (Ilex glabra), redbay (Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng.), swamp cyrilla (Cyrilla racemiflora L. ), and switch cane (Arundinaria tecta (Walt.) Muhl.) (figures 1 to 4).
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CitationWendel, George W.; Storey, Theodore G. 1962. Seasonal moisture fluctuations four species of pocosin vegetation. Station Paper SE-SP-147. Asheville, NC: USDA-Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
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