Vascular flora of Gray's Post Oak Woodland, Saline County, Illinois
Gray's Post Oak Woodland is an open wooded community located on the western edge of the Wabash Border Natural Division about 9 km southeast of Harrisburg, Saline County, IL. Associated with a clayey soil missing most of the surface layer, the trees were stunted and gnarled. Quercus stellata dominated the canopy, accounting for nearly all of the importance value. Although six other tree species were present, few individuals exceeded 15 cm dbh. The open understory contained few saplings, averaged 1520 stems/ha, with young post oaks common. The herbaceous layer was sparse with a bare ground and litter cover of 48.90%. Danthonia spicata dominated, along with various moss and lichen species, some tree seedlings, and Carex spp.
Edgin, Bob, Jody Shimp, David Allen, Jeremy Cawn, William E. McClain, and John E. Ebinger. "Vascular flora of Gray's Post Oak Woodland, Saline County, Illinois." Southeastern Naturalist 3, no. 4 (2004): 733-744.