Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Mac H. Alford

Advisor Department

Biological Sciences


This study documents the vascular plants and common lichens of the Gopher Farm sandhill, Wayne County, Mississippi. The Gopher Farm sandhill is located within the Chickasawhay Ranger District of the DeSoto National Forest and is one of the most northerly located sandhills in the Coastal Plain of Mississippi. The sandhill was surveyed 11 times from the spring of 2011 to the spring of 2012, primarily during the spring and fall. The survey resulted in 180 species, including 15 lichens, 1 fern, 2 gymnosperms, and 162 flowering plants. Collections included two rare species (Carex tenax and Rhynchospora megalocarpa) and one new range extension (Morella inodora), representing the most northerly reported collection of the species. Not all collections could be identified to species, and thus, additional rare species or range expansions are expected among the collections.

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