Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Medium-depth emergent marsh



NOTE: This community has been re-classified. It is now considered a variant of the broadly-defined "emergent marsh" community.


Medium-depth emergent marshes occur statewide and are dominated by emergent graminoid and other herbaceous species. The silty, sandy, or mucky substrate is generally inundated by shallow water, but often partially exposed by the middle of the growing season. Scattered patches of fibric organic matter are common. Common species of this marsh are lesser bur-reed, common arrowhead, pickerel-weed, various rushes, three-way sedge, and common cattail.

NHB ecologist Pete Bowman in a medium depth emergent marsh at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
NHB ecologist Pete Bowman in a medium-depth emergent marsh community
at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (photo by Ben Kimball)

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