Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Plainfield Sanctuary: Wildflowers



Description:
This preserve, located within sight of the Connecticut River, is a botanical hotspot, containing a variety of unusual plant species. The rich calcareous soils yield a variety of species and forest types that are uncommon in New Hampshire. While there is no trail here, many rich site indicator species can be seen right along the roadside, including Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern), Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry), Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern), and Cardamine concatenata (cutleaf toothwort).

Directions:
Park along River Road in Plainfield, about 5 miles south of the junction with Rte. 12A in Plainfield (0.2 miles south of where the pavement gets pretty rough), or about 2 miles north of the Rte. 12A junction in Cornish (soon after the pavement begins again).

Landowner: New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS)

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Parking for Plainfield Wildflower Sanctuary on River Rd (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Rich woods at Plainfield Wildflower Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry) and Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Plainfield Wild Flower Sanctuary sign (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) An Equisetum species and a Solidago species (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Link: www.newfs.org/

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