Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Buttonbush basin swamp


NOTE: This community type has been deleted. Buttonbush basin swamps are now considered a part of the buttonbush shrubland community.

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is the dominant shrub in buttonbush basin swamps, to the near-exclusion of all other species. These communities have well-decomposed organic soils and perched water tables. The persistence of standing water throughout much of the growing season limits shrub and herb diversity. This community is widespread in New Hampshire, but apparently most abundant in central and southern parts of the state.


Buttonbush basin swamp at Stratham Hill Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Buttonbush basin swamp at Stratham Hill Park (photo by Ben Kimball)

Buttonbush basin swamp at Stratham Hill Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Buttonbush basin swamp at Stratham Hill Park (photo by Ben Kimball)

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