A globally rare coastal salt pond marsh system at Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, New Hampshire

RhodoraWilliam F. Nichols

Four natural communities occur within the coastal salt pond marsh system at Odiorne Point State Park: coastal salt pond flat, coastal salt pond emergent marsh, coastal salt pond meadow marsh, and highbush blueberry-winterberry shrub thicket. A total of 69 native or naturalized vascular plant taxa had been documented in the system at Odiorne Point between 1967 and 2011. The uncertainty of the nativity status of Typha angustifolia, the dominant species in the marsh, has significant implications for future management decisions. This globally rare system, distributed from Maine to New Jersey, shares similar dominant species across its range, although some of the state rare species it supports differ along a latitudinal gradient.

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  • Nichols WF, Moore GE, Ritter NP, Peter CR. A globally rare coastal salt pond marsh system at Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, New Hampshire. Rhodora 115(961), 2013, pp. 1-27. DOI: 10.3119/12-09