The flora of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Benzie and Leelanau Counties, Michigan

TitleThe flora of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Benzie and Leelanau Counties, Michigan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsHazlett BTheodore
JournalMichigan Botanist
Volume30
Issue4
Pagination139-202
KeywordsVEGETATION
Abstract

The scenic vistas, prominent headlands, and long, open shorelines of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are outstanding natural features. The richness of the Lakeshore's physiography can be attributed to its legacy of moraines and outwash plains, and to the postglacial effects of water and wind which formed relict beach ridges, bluffs, and dunes. Streams, lakes, and wetlands contribute to the diversity of the landscape. No less important are the various natural plant communities which have developed on, and in association with, these landforms, making the Sleeping Bear region a prime area for botanical investigations. This paper has two sections. The first includes a description of the National Lakeshore's vegetation and emphasizes botanically interesting areas, most of which are easily accessible by trail. Common names are used whenever possible throughout this section. The second section is a catalog of vascular plants which notes habitats and species abundance.