Wetland Vegetation Exercise

T.A. Eddy and J.S. Aber
Emporia State University


This assignment for wetland plants presents statements and questions to be answered from designated web sites, information from sources noted below, resources you may find in your library, and handouts provided by the instructor. E-mail your answers to J.S. Aber.

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  1. Distinguish among the major wetland plant groups on the basis of flower and foliage characteristics described below. Identify one typical species for each category.

  2. How are wetland plants specialized to survive the absence of free oxygen in saturated soils or when submerged in water? Answer for floating plants, emergent plants, submerged plants, and the special situation of Spartina sp.

  3. Characterize a salt marsh by the dominant plant species and their zonal positions in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

  4. Characterize a fresh water inland marsh by dominant plant species and their zonal positions in glacier formed wetlands of an Iowa prairie.

  5. What is the 50/20 rule of evaluation of a possible wetland site? Construct an example to illustrate one stratum in a decision of the status of the site.

  6. How are acre-feet determined from measurements in a body of water? How are acre-feet used in managing an aquatic plant problem?

  7. Define and discuss facultative and obligate wetland plants in reference to their ecological roles in wetland environments.

  8. Describe the functions of graminoid, herbaceous, and woody plants in a wetland community as complements to the soils and hydrology of the site.

  9. Speculate as to why the primary production values for sedges, rushes and cattails are relatively high in prairie potholes in Iowa.

  10. Check out the USDA Plant hardiness zone map (2012). Briefly describe the basis of this map. What is the plant hardiness zone for your hometown?

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