Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Cliff seep



NOTE: This community type has been deleted. Cliffs seeps are now considered microsites within each individual cliff natural community type.

The presence of perennial or near-perennial seepage on cliff faces often allows for the growth of wetland plants in cliff seep communities. Some of these seeps essentially appear to be vertical fens judging from the plant composition. They are typically found in particular zones of larger cliffs, and range from acidic to circumneutral in pH (with a corresponding shift in species composition). Some common indicator species of cliff seeps are Drosera rotundifolia (round-leaved sundew), Houstonia caerulea (bluets), Viola spp. (violets), and Circaea alpina (small enchanter's nightshade). 


Cliff seep at Devil's Hopyard (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Cliff seep at Devil's Hopyard (photo by Ben Kimball)

Cliff seep at The Flume (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
cliff seep at The Flume (photo by Ben Kimball)

Cliff seep (on the rock walls above the brook) at The Flume (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Cliff seep (on the rock walls above the brook) at The Flume (photo by Ben Kimball)

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