Abstract for CNVC00207


Pinus banksiana (Picea mariana) / Vaccinium angustifolium / Pleurozium schreberi

Jack Pine (Black Spruce) / Early Lowbush Blueberry / Red-stemmed Feathermoss
Pin gris (Épinette noire) / Bleuet à feuilles étroites / Pleurozie dorée

CNVC00207 is a boreal coniferous forest Association that occurs in Manitoba and Ontario. It has an open to moderately closed canopy of jack pine (Pinus banksiana), sometimes with a minor component of black spruce (Picea mariana). The moderately developed shrub layer includes regenerating black spruce and the heath species velvet-leaved blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides), early lowbush blueberry (V. angustifolium) and occasionally common Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). The herb layer is usually sparse; only wild lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum canadense), bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) and twinflower (Linnaea borealis) are common. A well-developed moss layer dominated by red-stemmed feathermoss (Pleurozium schreberi) further characterizes this Association. CNVC00207 occurs on dry to mesic, nutrient-poor to medium sites in a region with a continental boreal climate that grades from subhumid in the western portion of its range to humid in the east. It is an early seral condition with dynamics that are driven by fire.