Aralia hispida Vent.
Common Name: BRISTLY SARSAPARILLA
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Aralia hispida A. A. Reznicek

Dry sandy savanna (pine, aspen) on dunes or plains; sandy banks and bluffs, upper beaches, rock outcrops; barren open burned- or cut- over ground, gravel pits, clearings, newly made roadsides, recently bull-dozed areas; sometimes in moist ground, especially disturbed borders of swamps and bogs. Often forms large colonies from an extensive system of horizontal roots in newly disturbed sandy soils and persists for some years after disturbance.

Becoming quite uncommon southward, and essentially absent in southeasternmost Michigan. This species is often virtually herbaceous, with little or no woody stem. Occasionally, however, individual stems may survive for several years and develop a short, bristly woody trunk that may reach (rarely) 0.5 m high.

Locations

Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Iron County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Roscommon County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=185.