An inventory of the vascular flora of Ginn Woods

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dc.contributor.advisor Ruch, Donald Gene, 1948- en_US Schoultz, Ashleigh en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:37:59Z 2011-06-03T19:37:59Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1997 .S36 en_US
dc.description.abstract Ginn Woods, a 161 acre tract of woodlands located in northern Delaware County, contains one of the largest remaining sections of old growth forest in East Central Indiana. Located approximately 15 miles north of Muncie, it has been regularly used by Ball State students and faculty for education and research for over 60 years. Despite this frequent use, little formal botanical exploration has been published. This study presents a comprehensive inventory of the vascular flora found in the woods and documents the composition and sizeclass distribution of the canopy tree species. The 370 species represent 237 genera and 94 families based on family classification by Gleason and Cronquist (1991). A total of 123 species were recorded for the first time in Delaware County. Of the 370 species listed, 56 or 15.1 % are non-native or naturalized species, thus indicating that the native species are dominant. The overstory canopy species are typical of a beech-maple woods with Acer saccharum and Fagus grandifolia as overallco-dominant species. However the importance of Fagus grandifolia varies in the sections known as North, South and Nixon Woods. With the fragmentation of regional ecosystems into isolated forest systems by urbanization and agricultural development, the maintenance and preservation of original communities becomes more difficult. Ginn Woods is one of the few remaining remanents of old growth forests in East Central Indiana and serves as an important reserve of the native flora of this area. The inventory and overstory tree species analysis provided by this study establishes important baseline data to which future studies can be compared.Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN 47306 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Biology en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 111 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Old growth forests -- Indiana -- Delaware County. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Woody plants -- Indiana -- Delaware County. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Trees -- Indiana -- Delaware County. en_US
dc.subject.other Ginn-Nixon Woods (Ind.) en_US
dc.title An inventory of the vascular flora of Ginn Woods en_US Thesis (M.S.) en_US
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