Do these two natural areas display the same characteristics of a deciduous forest?
Basswood & Beech common in Germantown
Ash & Buckeye found on Alix’s site
Maples prominent on both sites (very young maples near ground & in sub-canopy)
Various herbaceous plants growing up through leaf litter
Honeysuckle around edges of woods
Simple Plants & Fungi
Moss prevalent on rocks, bases of trees, and fallen trees
Soils & Litter
Very thick leaf litter, deep organic layer
Many fallen, decaying trees
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