Platt Park is a 43.3-hectare (107-acre) natural area situated in the Southwest Hills Eco-region of Southbury, in New Haven County, Connecticut. Characterized by Triassic sandstone and trap rock ridges, the area offers a diversity of habitats for plant life. This investigation of the vegetation types of Platt Park provides information relevant to the preservation and management of natural areas and critical habitats. Abundance data derived from 263 quadrats were analyzed by the computer program TWINSPAN, circumscribing seven cover types. These cover types are: the Wolffia spp. Cover Type, the Bromus inermis Cover Type, the Juniperus virginiana–Carex pensylvanica Cover Type, the Acer saccharum–Ostrya virginiana Cover Type, the A. saccharum–Berberis thunbergii–Lindera benzoin Cover Type, and the Tsuga canadensis Cover Type. A Shrubland–Woodland Cover Type was also represented, comprising mainly introduced and cultivated species. Each cover type and its corresponding habitat are discussed in the context of the flora of the state and region.
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Vol. 107 • No. 930