2023 Update: Pedicularis effects on host plants in p10

 Hemiparasitic plants are associated with higher quality prairies, and many hypothesize that they are fundamental in generating this high-quality prairie potentially by impeding the growth of dominant grasses, allowing non-dominant forb species to establish. Additionally, if this is true, there are likely different effects associated with the abundance of hemiparasites. Therefore, we experimentally introduced Pedicularis canadensis to another restoration plot, experimental plot 10; however, this time we introduced P. canadensis at different densities around 8 different focal species. We measure the size and reproductive effort of these 8 focal species around each of our 66 hemiparasitic plant planting locations.

In 2023, we replanted 32 Pedicularis canadensis that hadn’t been seen since they were initially planted in experimental plot 10. Additionally, we took our annual measurements of our 8 focal species’ size and reproductive effort.

 Pedicularis canadensis in experimental plot 10 at WCA high school. Drake planted this hemiparasite in different densities across the experimental plot.
  • Start year: 2019
  • Location: experimental plot 10
  • Overlaps with:  parasitic plants addition experiment in p01
  • Data collected: size and reproductive effort of 8 focal species
  • Samples or specimens collected: NA
  • Products: This work is part of Drake’s Ph.D research. He will be wrapping up this year, so stay tuned!


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