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Lake Thoreau Environmental Center

Vascular Plants

furled frond of a fernLake Thoreau is home to a multitude of plant species, with over 520 species currently identified and catalogued in the Biological Sciences Collections Building at Lake Thoreau. USM biology faculty members and graduate students are still continuing to find species and add them to the collection, which we estimate is well over 550 species.

Danielle Cotton, a USM Master's student completed Meadow Beauty (Rhexia sp.)the first species list of the vascular plants found at Lake Thoreau in 2010.  Since then, frequent prescribed fires have transformed the longleaf pine understories over 200 additional species have been found.  Dr. Mike Davis, Dr. Mac Alford, and current Master's student, Will McFarland are currently compiling the list for publication.  When it is complete, visitors and researchers can access it here.  

Lake Thoreau Vascular Plant Species List