Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Plants of rich mesic forests in New Hampshire



Rich mesic forests
 in New Hampshire contain many state-rare plants and spring ephemeral wildflowers. Below are some indicator species to look for (in addition to the many species that can also be found in the state's semi-rich mesic forests).

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)

squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Uvularia grandiflora (photo by Ben Kimball)
Large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) (photo by Ben Kimball)


acute-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Acute-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Goldie's fern (Dryopteris goldiana) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Goldie's fern (Dryopteris goldiana) (photo by Ben Kimball)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Wild leek (Allium tricoccum)
(photo by Ben Kimball)

Maidenhair fern is one of the signature species of rich mesic forest in NH, as seen here at CT River State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) (photo by Ben Kimball)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) (photo by Ben Kimball)

wood nettle (Laportea canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Wood nettle (Laportea canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Canada white violet (Viola canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Canada white violet (Viola canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Wide-leaved sedges are indicative of rich mesic forests (photo by Doug Bechtel)
Wide-leaved sedges are indicative of rich mesic forests (photo by Doug Bechtel)

blunt-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana) photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau
blunt-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana) (photo by Ben Kimball)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) (photo by Dan Sperduto)
Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) (photo by Dan Sperduto)

Leatherwood (Dirca sp.) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Leatherwood (Dirca sp.) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) (photo by Ben Kimball)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) (photo by Ben Kimball)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
(photo by Ben Kimball)



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