-Southern and Central Appalachian Mafic Glade and Barrens (Natureserve)
-High Elevation Mafic Glade (Poindexter 2008)
Isolated to a few distinct areas along the western border of Johnson county, on amphibolite rock.
The community is characterized by low-density vegetation cover interspaced with exposed rock, mostly by herbaceous plants but with sparse trees.
Exclusively associated with Cranberry granite formation. Soils consist of stony, windswept, Burton-Wayah complex, which is classified as well-drained and has a 15-30% slope. The sites are distributed along the steep edges of the Amphibolite Mountian range in small patches, with an elevation ranging from 1158m-1463m (3800-4800ft).
-The communities are maintained by their shallow, rocky soil, and exposure due to their positioning on ridge and cliff faces.
-The tree layer is largely dominated by a mix of Carya glabora, Juniperus virginiana, Fraxinus americana, and Quercus prinus. The herbaceous layer is dominated by Castilleja coccinea, Hylotelephium telephioides, Rudbeckia triloba var. pinnatiloba, and Salvia urticifolia.
-The characteristic plants for the community are Castilleja coccinea, Hylotelephium telephioides, Rudbeckia triloba var. pinnatiloba, and Salvia urticifolia
- Abies frasieri
- Commelina communis, Iris pseudacorus, Hemerocallis fulva, Bromus inermis, Bromus tectorum, Dactylis glomerata, Arrhenatherum elatius
Community Variation and Sub-types
Associated Natural Communities
-Central Appalachian Pine-Oak Rocky Woodland
-Southern Appalachian Granitic Dome
-Southern Appalachian Rocky Summit
-Southern Piedmont Glade and Barrens
-Southern Appalachian Montane Cliff and Talus
-Appalachian Shale Barrens
-Cliffside development destroying the landscape is the primary destructive force for the community type, and should be the main focus of management efforts.
-Protecting the communities from human destruction via development of the area.
NatureServe. 2014. NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life [web application]. Version 7.1. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia. Available http://explorer.natureserve.org. (Accessed: February 19, 2015 ).
Poindexter, Derick B., and Zack E. Murrell. "Vascular Flora of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area and Environs, Ashe County, North Carolina." Castanea (2008): 283-327.
Web Soil Survey. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx>
Solidago simplex var. randii