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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$
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Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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. The Palustrine Communities

. The Palustrine Communities

(p.240) 18. The Palustrine Communities
The Lakes of Pontchartrain

Robert W. Hastings

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes cypress-tupelo swamps and adjacent bottomland hardwood forests in the Pontchartrain basin. The major vegetation type of the Pontchartrain basin forested wetlands is bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and tupelo (Nyssa aquatic and N. sylvatica) swamps. These cypress-tupelo swamps are characteristic of coastal Louisiana and the Southeast where wetlands occur with salinities averaging below about 4 ppt. However, several different community types may be recognized based upon the dominant trees.

Keywords:   cypress, tupelo, swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, Pontchartrain basin, wetlands, vegetation

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