Date of Award
Master of Science (MS) in Biology
Dr. Jimmy Triplett
Cleburne County is located in Northeast Alabama and measures 145,298 hectares. Approximately one-third of the county lies within the Talladega National Forest, more than any other county covered by the Talladega National Forest. The county has two physiographic regions: Piedmont and Ridge and Valley. A floristic survey of Cleburne County, Alabama, was conducted on public and private lands from 2014– 2020. Sporadic field collections took place from March 2014 – April 2019, with extensive fieldwork conducted from May 2019 – October 2020. A total of 1,302 vascular plant taxa are reported, including 266 taxa not previously documented for the county. This floristic study added 67 new genera, 10 new families, and 2 new orders to the existing flora. The total taxa reported represent 594 genera from 168 families. 60 native taxa have state or global ranking due to rarity. 25% (15 taxa) of the species of special concern documented are newly reported for Cleburne County. Approximately 24% (317 taxa) of the flora are considered non-native to Alabama. The five largest families were Asteraceae (176 taxa), Poaceae (128 taxa), Cyperaceae (87 taxa), Fabaceae (78 taxa), and Rosaceae (46 taxa).