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Economic Botany Section

Joe, Marissa [1].

A Floristic Inventory of Homolovi Ruins State Park, Navajo County, Arizona.

Homolovi Ruins State Park was created to protect the ancient Hopi settlements that were migration points along a vast landscape on the Colorado plateau. No floristic inventory for Homolovi Ruins State Park exists although inventories have been compiled for Petrified Forest National Park to the southeast and Wupatki National Monument to the west. These lists from the surrounding areas provided a rough estimate of the number and species of common shrubs and grasses that might occur at Homolovi Ruins State Park and provide a starting point for a thorough floristic inventory. Voucher specimens for annual and perennial herbs, grasses, and shrubs have been collected and identified. While fall collection is complete, spring and summer collections are ongoing and results should be considered preliminary. Collected plants will be compiled into a species list for the park and voucher specimens will be placed in the Deaver Herbarium at Northern Arizona University. The most abundant plant families present are Poaceae, Chenopodiaceae, and Asteraceae. To date this study has documented 51 native species and three non-natives species. The most common non-native species are Salsola tragus and Alhagi maurorum. Results of the inventory will be used to construct an educational exhibit consisting of a small reference collection with additional notes such as common name and ethnobotanical uses. This research is important in understanding the distribution of native and non-native plants within Homolovi Ruins Sate Park. It will also add vouchers and species distribution data for an area of Northern Arizona that is poorly known botanically.

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1 - Northern Arizona University, Biological Sciences, PO Box 5640, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001, USA

Floristic survey
Undergraduate research.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for BSA Sections
Session: P2
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P2EB002
Abstract ID:457