Authors: Mary Ann Feist
Locality: Springstead Muskeg State Natural Area, Iron County, Wisconsin. T41N-R3E, Sections 28, 32, 33. 656 acres.
Abstract: Springstead Muskeg encompasses the northernmost portion of an extensive undisturbed bog complex stretching from Springstead Lake south to Newman Lake. The wetland is located in pitted glacial outwash moraine at the headwaters area of the South Fork of the Flambeau River. This Sphagnum-based peatland supports many ericaceous species including leather-leaf, small cranberry, and bog-rosemary along with tussock cotton-grass and few-seeded sedge. Stunted black spruce and tamarack are widely scattered throughout. The surrounding uplands are forested with second-growth northern hardwoods. Bird fauna in the area includes palm warbler, Lincoln's sparrow, and sandhill crane. Springstead Muskeg is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.
Notes: The species listed here were collected during the 2019 Wisconsin Botanical Foray sponsored by the Wisconsin State Herbarium and the Botanical Club of Wisconsin.
Total Taxa (details): 95
Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindl.) A. Löve & D. Löve - Lindley's American-Aster
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve - Calico American-Aster
Symphyotrichum puniceum (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve - Purple-Stem American-Aster
Alnus incana (L.) Moench - Speckled Alder
Carex sp. L. - sedge
Dryopteris intermedia (Muhl. ex Willd.) A. Gray - Evergreen Wood Fern
Rhododendron groenlandicum (Oeder) K.A. Kron & W.S. Judd - Rusty Labrador-Tea
Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (Michx.) A. Haines - Prickly Tree-Club-Moss
Danthonia spicata (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult. - Poverty Wild Oat Grass
Chrysosplenium americanum Schwein. ex Hook. - American Golden-Saxifrage