Artificial Wetland at JU Why were the Baccharis, Myricacerifera, and Hibiscus grandiflorusplanted along the edge of the artificial wetland?
Baccharishalimifoia • Adapted to fine, coarse, and medium textured soils • Tolerance to drought is low • Resistant to salt spray and flooding • Grows in fresh and brackish marshes, open woods, fields and deserts • Can grow in clusters and uses up resources that might be utilized by commercial pastors or timber species The leaves are poisonous to livestock.
Myricacerifera • Grows in a variety of habitats ranging from swamps to upland woods • Salt tolerant • Doesn’t usually bloom till late winter • Moderately drought resistant • Can grow in clay, areas of extended flooding, well drained areas, etc; also grows in partial or full sun Berries are similar to the commercial source of wax used to make bayberry candels
Hibiscus grandiflorus • Grows in fresh and brackish marshes and along the edges of swams, ponds, streams, and ditches • Grows better in full sun • Has a low drought tolerance • Blooms from the mid summers through autumn • Dies to the ground in in winter, but regains 10ft or more in height during the growing season
Discussion • All three are tolerant to: • Full sun • Brackish water • Hibiscus is does not do well in periods of drought
Works Cited • Eastern Baccharis.(2002). Retrieved from http://www.plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_baha.pdf • Sheper, J. (2003). Myricacerifera. Retrieved from http://www.floridata.com/ref/m/myrica.cfm • Nix, S. (n.d.). How to Manage and ID Southern Wax Myrtle. Retrived from http://forestry.about.com/od/silviculture/p/waxmyrtle.htm • Christman, S. (2008). Hibiscus grandiflorus. Retrieved from http://www.floridata.com/ref/h/hibi_gra.cfm