Forest Ecosystems Daily: Turk’s Cap Lily, Whiteside Mountain

Opportunity. Our first hike took us to Whiteside Mountain to see different plant communities on this ancient granite pluton.  We stopped at dripping cliff face, one that will freeze over in great ice sheets in winter. These ice sheets

Plants are opportunists.¬†Most of Whiteside Mountain is covered with secondary forest that grew up after logging in the mid-1900s. However, some of the steeper rock faces have openings where ice accumulates, then collapses¬†under its own weight, taking soil and vegetation with it. The openings channel water and create sunny habitat for the spectacular Turk’s cap lily (Lilium superbum).


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