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  1. 1. E- Oklahomas Native Vegetation Types Bottomland Type Pinon-Juniper (Flood Plain) Mesa Type Cypress Bottom Postoak-Blackjack Forest Type Forest Type Distribution of Sandsage Pinus edulis Grassland Type Loblolly Pine Shinnery Oak Forest Type Forest Type Mesquite Shortgrass Grasslands Highplains Type Mixedgrass Eroded Stabilized Plains Type Dune Type Oak-Hickory Tallgrass Forest Type Prairie Type Oak-Pine Forest Type 10 20 30 40 50 Miles 10 20 40 60 80 KilometersNatural Resource Ecology and Management Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Oklahoma State University
  2. 2. Oklahomas Native Vegetative Types Ronald J. Tyrl Professor of Botany Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University Terrence G. Bidwell Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management Oklahoma State University Ronald E. Masters Director of Research Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, Florida R. Dwayne Elmore Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management Oklahoma State University John R. Weir Research Associate Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management Oklahoma State University
  3. 3. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with DisabilitiesAct of 1990, and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, orprocedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Robert E. Whitson, Director of Cooperative Extension Service,Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. This publication is printed and issued by Oklahoma State University as authorized by the Vice President, Dean, and Director of the Division of AgriculturalSciences and Natural Resources and has been prepared and distributed at a cost of $1,911.15 for 750 copy. 0907 JA
  4. 4. ECOGEOGRAPHY OF OKLAHOMAB otanically, Oklahoma is a remarkable state! Within its borders, 173 fami-lies, 850 genera, and 2,465 species of vascular The distribution of Oklahoma’s vegetation types generally reflects these two gradients, with deciduous forests in the eastern third of the stateplants can be found. Located at the juncture of giving way to tallgrass and mixedgrass prairie inseveral physiographic provinces, it is an eco- the middle and shortgrass prairie in the west.logical crossroad. Plants representative of sev- Temperature in Oklahoma also exhibits sea­eral phytogeographic regions are present, with sonal and geographical variation, although notspecies characteristic of the eastern deciduous as strikingly as precipitation. In the eastern partforests and grasslands being most common. The of the state, temperature averages are lower indiversity of plant vegetation types present—14 the summer and higher in the winter. The frost-are traditionally recognized (Duck and Fletcher free season averages 225 days in the south tomap on the cover)—reflects this diversity of less than 170 days in the north (Figure 1c). As isspecies. characteris­tic of a continental climate and famil- This tremendous diversity of plant spe­cies iar to all who live in the state, daily temperatureand communities in Oklahoma reflects the con- fluctuations can be abrupt and dramatic. Assiderable variation in the state’s climatic, phys- might be expected, species richness—the numberiographic, geological, and edaphic features. A of different species present in an area—is greatestplethora of different habitats for plants is present. in the southeast corner of the state, which hasBrief descriptions of this variation are presented the mildest winter temperatures and the longestin the following paragraphs. growing season.Climate Oklahoma’s continental climate is character­ Physiography and Geologyized by geographical and seasonal variability in In addition to being botanically diverse, Okla­both precipitation and temperature (Oklahoma homa also is physiographically and geologicallyClimatological Survey, 1990). The eastern part of varied and complex (Johnson et al., 1979). Stratathe state is more strongly influenced by moisture from every geological time period can be foundfrom the Gulf of Mexico than the drier western exposed at one point or another within the state’sportion of the state. Average yearly precipitation boundaries (Figure 2). Approximately 99% of thevaries from more than 56 inches (1,400 mm) in formations are sedimentary; e.g., the familiarthe southeast to less than 16 inches (400 mm) in Permian sandstones in the west, the Mississip-the extreme northwest—a gradient of about 1 pian limestones in the northeast, and the Ordo-inch (25 mm) of rainfall for every 15 miles (25 vician to Pennsylvanian sandstones and shaleskm) traveled from east to west (Figure 1a). in the southeast. The remaining 1% is igneous Likewise, the Precipitation Effectiveness In­ (Wichita Mountains) or slightly metamorphicdex—the ratio of precipitation to evaporation in (parts of the Ouachita Mountains).24 hours and an index of the growing conditions One of the common misconceptions aboutfaced by plants—exhibits a gradient across the Oklahoma is that it is monotonously flat, with littlestate; more than 65% in the east to less than 25% topographic variation in its landscape. In reality,in the west (Figure 1b). this is not the case. Only a few areas of the state are
  5. 5. truly flat. Rolling hills and broad plains dissected tisols dominate in the eastern third of the state;by broad river valleys are more characteristic. The alfisols and mollisols in the center, and inceptisolsOzark Plateau and three mountain provinces— in the western third. Covering more area of theOuachita, Arbuckle, and Wichita—provide con- state than any of the other soil types, the dark,spicuous relief. In addition, escarpments, cuestas, rich mollisols also are characteristic of the state’sbuttes, mesas, narrow canyons, and deep ravines northeastern prairie and central Panhandle areas.are present. Twenty-six geomorphic provinces— Also present are vertisols and entisols.large regions of similar landforms resulting from A mosaic of clay, loam, and sandy soils occursero­sion and/or deposition of sediments—have across the state’s landscape. The physical prop­been described in Oklahoma (Figure 3). The varied erties of these soils; for example depth, water,topographic features of these provinces provide a nutri­ent holding capacity, aeration, and resis-diversity of habitats for plants. tance to erosion, markedly influence the plants growing in them, and often distinctive, easilySoils observed assemblages of species will character- As might be expected because of Oklahoma’s ize them. Illustrative of this relationship is thegeological and physiographical diversity, its soils sandsage-grassland community associated withalso are quite diverse (Figure 4). In general, ul­ the sandy soils of western Oklahoma.Figure 1. Climatic features of Oklahoma. (a) average annual precipitation (inches; Oklahoma Climatological Survey,1997).
  6. 6. Figure 1. (continued) (b-top) normal precipitation effectiveness (%; adapted from Curry, 1970). (c-bottom) length of grow-ing season (days; Oklahoma Climatological Survey, 1997).
  7. 7. Figure 2. Generalized geologic map of Oklahoma (adapted from Branson and Johnson, 1972).
  8. 8. Figure 3. Geomorphic provinces of Oklahoma (adapted from Curtis and Ham, 1972).
  9. 9. Figure 4. General Soil Map of Oklahoma (Carter, 1996).
  10. 10. VEGETATION OF OKLAHOMA correlated with prior studies of vegetation,O klahoma has 173 families, 850 genera, and 2,465 species of vascular plants. Within itsborders, Oklaho­ma has plants characteristic of geology, soils, climate, and land use in relation to game animal populations. In the decades since the publication of Duck and Fletcher’s map,the forests of New England, the swamps of the vegetation studies in the state focused only onGulf Coast states, the deserts of the Southwest, distinctive, local ecological areas or tracts of par-the mountains of the West, and the prairies of ticular economic or conservation interest. A mod-Canada. Fourteen vegetation types are tradition- ern classification of the state’s vegetation was notally recognized and they reflect this diversity. attempted until the late 1990s when HoaglandThese vegetation types and their alteration by (2000) published a scheme based on guidelineshuman activity are described in the following developed by the Vegetation Subcommittee forparagraphs. Classification and Information Standards (FGDC, 1997). He rec­ognized 121 alliances in 151 associa-History of Classification tions. This detailed classification, incorporating Descriptions of the flora and vegetation of all previous systems, provides scientists with aOklahoma begin with the observations of early basis for land­scape mapping and conservationvisitors such as Vasquez de Coronado, Juan de planning.Onate, Thomas Nuttall, Edwin James with theLong expedition, Washington Irving, Charles Synopsis of Vegetation TypesLathrobe, Josiah Gregg, S.W. Woodhouse with In this publication, we continue to use thethe Sitgreaves and Woodruff expedition, G.G. Duck and Fletcher system because it is easy to useShumard with the Marcy expedition, and J.M. by indi­viduals with diverse backgrounds. BriefBigelow with the Whipple expedition (Bruner, descrip­tions of the 14 categories recognized by1931; Featherly, 1943). In their journals and expe- them are presented in the following paragraphs.dition reports are glimpses of the state’s vegeta- It must be noted that although Duck and Fletchertion prior to the arrival of eastern tribes of Native mapped the distribution of pinion pine, PinusAmericans and Europeans. edulis (light blue on map), they did not describe it Systematic description of the vegetation, how­ as a distinct type in their 1945 treatise, but ratherever, is traditionally considered to begin with the included it in their Pinon-Juniper Mesa of W.E. Bruner (1931) and W.F. Blair andT.H. Hubbell (1938). Their seminal monographs Forest Typeswere followed by publication of L.G. Duck and Oak-HickoryJ.B. Fletcher’s vegetation map (1943, 1945), which In Oklahoma, this type represents the westernserves as the cover graphic of this publication. edge of the eastern deciduous forest, with spe-The most widely recognized of all Oklahoma cies characteristic of the Ozark Plateau and espe­classific­ations, it comprises 14 vegetation types cially the northeast quarter of the continent. Itscalled “game types” because the authors’ intent distribution coincides primarily with the limitswas to describe habitats of game and fur-bearing of the Ozark Plateau Physiographic Province.animals in the state. The classification, descrip- Taxa typically encountered include: black oak,tions, and map are the product of field mapping
  11. 11. Quercus velutina; white oak, Q. alba; northern red bald cypress, Taxodium distichum; sweetgum, L.oak, Q. rubra; post oak, Q. stellata; mockernut styraciflua; blackgum, N. sylvatica; water oak, Q.hickory, Carya tomentosa; and bitternut hickory, C. nigra; willow oak, Q. phellos; and other woodycordiformis. Pockets of shortleaf pine, P. echinata, and herbaceous species characteristic of thealso are present. Numerous other tree, shrub, and southeast quarter of the continent.herbaceous species characteristic of the decidu­ous forest likewise occur. Bottomland (Flood Plain) Associated with gravel and sand bars, and theOak-Pine lowest terrace of all river and creek systems, this This type is similar to the Oak-Hickory for­est, type occurs across the state and is quite variablebut includes short leaf pine, P. echinata, in abun- with respect to the species present. In the west,dance and other species characteristic of the south- cottonwood, Populus deltoides; species of willow,east quarter of the continent. Some ecologists do Salix; and the introduced salt cedar, Tamarix chi-not recognize it as a distinct type. Its distribution nensis, are encountered. In the east, sycamore,coincides with the limits of the Ouachita Mountain Platanus oc­cidentalis; green ash, Fraxinus pennsyl-Province. In addition to the species characterizing vanica; white ash, F. americana; American elm, U.the Oak-Hickory Forest, also encountered are americana; and species of hackberry, Celtis spp.,blackjack oak, Q. marilandica; winged elm, Ulmus also occur. Herbs, vines, and shrubs are typicallyalata; water oak, Q. nigra; willow oak, Q. phellos; abundant in the understory.and blackgum, Nyssa sylvatica. Grassland TypesPost Oak-Blackjack Oak Tallgrass Prairie As its name implies, this type is dominated Covering the greatest area of Oklahoma, thisby post oak, Q. stellata, and blackjack oak, Q. type dominates the center of Oklahoma from northmarilandica, the two most abundant tree species to south. In some areas, the Post Oak-Blackjackin Oklahoma. Distributed in a north-south swath Oak Type bisects the Tallgrass Prairie and typicallyacross the state, it typi­cally forms a mosaic with forms the mosaic collectively referred to as thethe Tallgrass Prairie, the two types being col- “Cross Timbers.” Often reaching heights of 3.28lectively referred to as the “Cross Timbers.” As-sociated species include black hickory, C. texana; to 9.84 feet (1 to 3 m), big bluestem, An­dropogonShumard’s oak, Q. shumardii; chittamwood, gerardii; little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium;Bumelia lanuginosa; sugarberry, Celtis lae­vigata; Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans; and switchgrass,and northern hackberry, C. occidentalis. In several Panicum virgatum, dominate. Numerous otherareas along its eastern edge, it is contiguous with perennial grasses and forbs are present.the oak-hickory and oak-pine forests. Shortgrass Prairie – High PlainsLoblolly Pine Occurring in the counties of the Panhandle Also a portion of the eastern deciduous for­ and the extreme northwest corner of the body ofests, this type is dominated by lob­lolly pine, the state, this type is dominated by shortgrassesP. taeda, and other species characteristic of the such as buffalograss, Buchloe dactyloides, and bluesoutheast quarter of the continent; e.g., southern grama, Bouteloua gracilis. In moister sites, sideoatsred oak, Q. falcata, and sweetgum, Liquidambar grama, Bouteloua curtipendula, and little bluestem,styraciflua. Its distribution corresponds to the S. scoparium, are present. Characterized by low, ir­level, sandy soils of the Dissected Coastal Plain regular precipitation, these grasslands are nearlyGeomorphic Province. devoid of trees.Cypress Bottoms Mixedgrass – Eroded Plains Present only in the drainages of the Little and Distributed across the western quarter of theMountain Fork rivers, this type is dominated by body of the state, this type comprises a mixture
  12. 12. of tall- and shortgrasses. The more mesic eastern Oklahoma. As its name implies, stabilized sandtallgrasses occur where conditions are moist, dunes are its predominant topographic feature.whereas the western shortgrasses occur in the Sand-loving species playing important rolesdrier habitats. Trees and shrubs, such as eastern in stabilization and succession include: giantredcedar, Juniperus vir­giniana, and hackberry, sandreed, Calamovilfa gigantea; sand bluestem,Celtis spp., occur in deeply eroded ravines and A. gerardii ssp. hallii; lemon sumac, R. aromatica;canyons. sand plum, P. angustifolia; soapberry, Sapindus drummondii; and chittam­wood, B. lanuginosa.Shrub – Grassland TypesSandsage Grassland Pinon-Juniper Mesa This type is defined to encompass all sandy In extreme northwest Cimarron County, Blackgrasslands in which sandsage, Artemisia filifolia, Mesa and the surrounding area support isolated stands of species characteristic of the western halfis an important part of the cover. Distributed of the continent, including pinon pine, P. edulis;primarily throughout the northwest corner of one-seeded juniper, J. monosperma; and ponderosathe state, including the Panhandle, it occurs pine, P. ponderosa. Associated with these woodymainly on the north sides of the principal rivers species are shortgrass and herbaceous speciesand creeks. Species characteristic of sandy soils typical of the xeric conditions present.domi­nate and include sand bluestem, A. gerardiissp. hallii; sand plum, Prunus angustifolia; lemon Vegetation Types and Ecogeographysumac, Rhus aromatica; sand lovegrass, Eragrostis As one traverses Oklahoma, it quickly be­trichodes; and plains yucca, Yucca glauca. comes obvious that the distribution of the state’s vegetation types is correlated with climatic andMesquite Grassland edaphic gradients, and their geographi­cal dis- Occurring in the southwest corner of the tribution is somewhat predictable. This generalstate, this type comprises shortgrass species relationship is summarized in Figure 5. Histori-such as buffalograss, B. dactyloides; blue grama, cally, overlaying this interaction of soil, precipi-B. gracilis; and sideoats grama, B. curtipendula, as- tation, and vegetation were frequent wildfires,sociated with scattered trees of mesquite, Prosopis herbivory, and droughts. However, the distri-glandulosa. The soils for the most part are clays, butions of some woody species, most notablywith gypsum often present. Redberry juniper, J. eastern red cedar, J. virginiana, and mesquite, P.pinchotii; plains yucca, Y. glauca; and plains prick- glandulosa, do not exhibit this relationship.lypear, Opuntia macrorhiza, also are present. Alteration by HumansShinnery Oak – Grassland Although we have summarized the putative Distributed in sandy soils of the western most “natural” vegetation types of Oklahoma as de­counties of the body of the state, this type is the scribed by Duck and Fletcher, it must be stressedeastern edge of a vegetation type that occurs in that these types have been altered significantly bythe Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. human activity. The arrival of prehistoric NativeThe dominant shrub is shinnery oak, Q. havardii, Americans, the relocation of Native Americanwhich forms extensive thickets of plants 1.64 to tribes from elsewhere in the country beginning3.28 feet (0.5 to 1 m) tall interspersed with islands in the 1830s, and the subsequent influx of Euro­of taller trees called mottes. Associated species pean settlers in vast numbers in the late 1800sare those character­istic of sandy soils and the impacted Oklahoma’s vegetation. Today, almostSandsage Grassland type. all vegetation types have been altered to vary­ ing degrees. Factors contributing to this changeStabilized Dune include suppression of wildfires, plowing of the This type occurs on the north sides of the Ci­ land, poor management of grazing by domes­marron and North Canadian rivers in northwest ticated animals, introduction of invasive exotic plant species, and urbanization.
  13. 13. 10 Climate Semiarid Humid TexturedTextured Coarse Fine shrubland upland forest forest S shortgrass mixed-grass tallgrass oils prairie prairie prairieFigure 5. Distribution of vegetation types in relation to climate and soils, excluding bottomlandforest. Illustrative of this alteration in the landscape periods of time, and then did not occur for fiveof Oklahoma is the change in the oak-hickory and to twelve years. Such a fire regime reflects theoak-pine forests of the eastern third of the state. occurrence of the early Native American tribes inThe arrival of aboriginal peoples in Okla­homa the areas and weather patterns (Foti and Glenn,coincided with glacial retreat in North America. 1991; Masters et al., 1995). Subsequent decline inAt that time the eastern portion of the state fire frequency has been correlated with a declinewas dominated by boreal forest as indicated by in the population of Native Americans inhabitinganalyses of pollen cores (Delcourt and Del­court, the area, possibly due to the introduction of dis­1987 and 1991). As this boreal forest retreated ease by Europeans and conflicts among differentnorthward, prehistoric peoples used fire as a tool tribes (Gibson, 1965; Wyckoff and Fisher, 1985).to manipulate the forest (Buckner, 1989; Foti and Following relocation of the Choctaw Nation inGlenn, 1991). Plant communities developed under southeastern Oklahoma, fire frequency againthe influence of frequent fire coupled with the increased. The region’s fire regime was furtherongoing changes in climatic conditions asso­ciated altered as Europeans began to settle and activelywith the glacial retreat. When Hernando de Soto suppress wildfires (Masters et al., 1995).journeyed into the Ozark region of Arkansas and Likewise, changes in the appearance of the postMissouri in the 1500s, his chronicler described a oak-blackjack oak forests of the Oklahoma Crossland dominated by prairies with trees restricted Timbers are due to the suppression of fire coupledto the drainages (Beilmann and Brenner, 1951). with poor grazing management (Fran­caviglia,In the 1700s and 1800s, explorers visiting the 2000). The original character of the Cross TimbersOuachita Mountains described the landscape as was probably a mosaic of grasslands, savanna-likecomprising forests or scattered trees interspersed grasslands, oak mottes, oak thickets, and densewith prairies (Lewis, 1924; Nuttall, 1980). oak woods. Grimm (1984) called this spatial Today, closed-canopy forests cover both variation a “fire probabil­ity pattern.” It resultedregions. In contrast to the savannah or open from hot, frequent fires sweeping a landscape thatwoodland structure of the past, these forests have contained both fire-prone topographic sites andoverlapping crowns that prevent the growth of natural barriers to fire. Exclusion of fire allowedshade-intolerant herbaceous and woody plants in the development of closed tree canopies, reducedthe understory. Suppression of fire is the reason the likelihood of fuel accumulations necessary tofor this change. Historically, frequent anthropo­ support intense burns, and permitted invasion ofgenic- and (to a lesser extent) lightning-caused woody species such as eastern redcedar into thefires maintained the open nature of the vegeta­tion grasslands, shrublands, and forests.(Masters et al., 1995). Although with an average Ranching practices, in particular poor graz­ingfrequency of three to four years, these fires more management and fire suppression, also have hadlikely occurred at one- or two-year intervals for a profound impact on the vegetation of Oklaho-
  14. 14. 11ma. Histori­cally, large herbivores such as bison, be destroyed by plowing or urbanization. Thus,elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn an- restoration efforts can be accomplished on manytelope, and small grazing/browsing mammals sites where native plant communities still exist.were attracted to areas that had been recently Patterns of grazing — varying from continu­burned and formed a mosiac with unburned sites ous year-round stocking to multiple-paddock(Truett et al., 2001). These animals rotationally rotations with cross-fencing and many movesgrazed prairies, shrublands, and forests based on during the graz­ing season — also have a pro-the scale and timing of fires (Engle and Bidwell, found impact on Oklahoma’s vegetation types,2001). They congregated on the burned sites for especially the biological diversity of each. Differ­the entire growing season or until the forage was ent grazing systems produce different landscapegone. They then moved to another burn site, usu- patterns, different plant community composition,ally the most recently burned. Thus, the historical and different habitat structure. For example,landscape structure, landscape pattern, and com- uneven grazing patterns under season-long andposition of the plant communities present were year-long continuous grazing create a conditiondirectly affected by the fire-grazing interaction of shortgrasses and bare ground interspersedor what we now call patch-burn/patch-graze among lightly grazed bunches of tall grasses.(Steuter, 1986; Fuhlendorf and Engle, 2001). Research studies indicate that continuous graz- The arrival in the 1800s of relocated Native ing at light to moderate stocking rates providesAmerican tribes and European settlers drastically the best indi­vidual animal performance and aaltered these ecological interactions. Fencing, for moderate level of habitat diversity in Oklahoma.example, prevented natural animal movement Importantly, it also provides the desired habitatand allowed areas to be stocked with more cattle structure and composition needed for wildlifethan the land could support. Repeated grazing of species such as Northern Bobwhite Quail, Great-the grasses and forbs that constitute the fine fuels er-prairie Chicken, and Lesser-prairie Chicken.supporting fire reduced them to levels at which Rotational grazing with cross-fencing hasfire was no longer a driving ecological force on been advocated to enhance animal performance,the landscape. As a result, woody plants began to pre­vent spot grazing, and improve grazingincrease, the grasses and forbs declined further, distribu­tion. This approach is based on mostlyand the native plant communities present began unsupported claims and folk lore. For example,to degrade. proponents have suggested that moving cattle Today, improper grazing by livestock is still controlled by fencing from grazed to ungrazeda significant problem throughout the state. Two areas mimics the historical grazing patterns ofterms commonly used to denote improper graz- the native, large herbivores such as bison anding are overuse and overgrazing. Overuse by elk. This proposition is erroneous and has nolivestock means that the plants are too short (leaf basis in science or historical evidence. As notedarea needed for photosynthesis too reduced) to above, historical observations and contemporarymaintain their vigor and thus persist at the site. research clearly demonstrate that grazing andAs the preferred grazing plants decline or die, browsing animals are attracted to plants withother plants, usually those less palatable to the the highest forage quality that occur in the mostgrazing animals, replace them. A measurable recently burned area. Animals will spend most ofchange in the composition of the vegetation at the their time on the burned area until higher qualitysite as the result of overuse is defined as overgraz­ forage is available This change is easily reversed by a change A significant drawback to rotational grazingin management in a relatively short period of with cross-fencing is that it reduces the structuraltime in the wetter central and eastern parts of and compositional diversity of an ecological site,Oklahoma. In contrast, in the drier western part, and thus re­duces habitat quality for many wildlifemeasurable changes may take several years or species. An approach that mimics historical firedecades to occur. Fortunately, Oklahoma’s native and grazing patterns is the patch-burn/patch-plant communi­ties are very resilient and can only graze system (Fuhlendorf and Engle, 2001).
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