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Prather , Nathanael Philip [1], Bayer, Randall [2].

The vascular flora of the Meeman Biological Field Station.

The vascular flora of the Meeman Biological Field Station (MBS) of the Department of Biological Sciences, was studied during the growing season of 2018. MBS is located in the northwest corner of Shelby County, Tennessee, along the Mississippi River and adjacent to the Meeman Shelby Forest State Park. The study area is 600 acres of eastern deciduous forest that contain five distinct habitat types. Throughout the growing season an average of three collection trips were made to the field station per week. Collections were obtained using a ambling collection method, in order to sample all species occurring within the station boundaries. For the flora, 1-12 voucher specimens of each species were taken depending on the status of the individual species. Fewer vouchers were taken for those species which had a rare status, while more specimens were taken for those that were abundant. Upon collection, flower, leaf, and overall plant dimensions were measured for each specimen and then each was pressed. All collections will be mounted and added to the University of Memphis Herbarium (MEM), and uploaded to Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC). The purpose of this study is to have a complete record of the vascular plants of the Meeman Biological Field Station. Repetition of this study can allow for tracking of plant migrations and shifts. This study may also be beneficial to conservation efforts involving rare or endangered species which occur within the boundaries of the field station. Finally, a detailed record of the vascular plants within the field station property gives important information about habitat composition that may prove vital to future studies of both flora and fauna.

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1 - University of Memphis, Biology, 3720 Alumni Ave, Memphis, TN, 38111, USA
2 - PO Box 2280 Campus Postal Station, Memphis, TN, 38152, United States

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Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Floristics
Location: Grand Ballroom - Exhibit Hall/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 6:15 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PFL006
Abstract ID:933
Candidate for Awards:None

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