Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 10, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is a large open space with meadows and forests in addition to agricultural fields and pastures. Over the years the plant flora has been described and documented with herbarium specimens but a complete list of plants that occur in this area has never been published. This paper provides a list of the 905 plant species that have been found at BARC with comments on the location and habitat of each one. The list includes vascular plants, mosses and lichens. In some cases the species are rare and the populations should be monitored. This document will be useful to those who are interested in the plants of this central Maryland area.
The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is located in Prince George's County, Maryland,about six miles northeast of the District of Columbia. It comprises about 6,866 acres (2,780 hectares) of level or rolling terrain just east of the Fall Line, a meeting place of the floras of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Piedmont Provinces.Botanists collected wild plants on BARC for many years. This annotated list of the BARC flora includes lichens, mosses, ferns and fern allies as well as gymnosperms and angiosperms for a total of 905 plant taxa.