Hudsonia inland beach strand (S1)
Characteristic vegetation: This community is characterized by a regionally rare assemblage of species that includes hairy hudsonia (Hudsonia tomentosa var. intermedia), golden heather (Hudsonia ericoides), the rare hybrid Hudsonia x spectabilis, scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), and little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium). Other frequent and characteristic species include eastern dwarf cherry (Prunus pumila), large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), switch grass (Panicum virgatum), black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), pinweed (Lechea intermedia), poverty oatgrass (Danthonia spicata), ground juniper (Juniperus communis), purplish northern panic-grass (Panicum boreale), and deertongue (Panicum clandestinum). Occasional patches of trees may be present, including pitch pine (Pinus rigida), red maple (Acer rubrum), and gray birch (Betula populifolia).
A good example (though it is a disturbed one) occurs at the Ossipee Lake Natural Area along the southern shore of Ossipee Lake (Ossipee).
Hudsonia inland beach strand communities sometimes occur as part of larger sandy pond shore systems.
Hudsonia inland beach strand community (foregound) at Ossipee Lake (photo by Ben Kimball)
Hudsonia inland beach strand community at Ossipee Lake
(photo 1 by Bill Nichols; photo 2 by Ben Kimball)
Hudsonia inland beach strand community at Ossipee Lake (photo by Dan Sperduto)