PLANTS OF THE BASHA KILL

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The Basha Kill wetlands and surrounding forest provide the habitat for an exciting diversity of native plants. The diversity of ferns includes three of the largest local fern species including ostrich fern, royal fern, and cinnamon fern.

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The Basha Kill is unusual in that it provides the habitat for all three local types of clubmoss.

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The diverse flowers of the Basha Kill bloom from early Spring through autumn and include a braod variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Many of them are specific to wet habitats such as blue flag, swamp azalea, swamp candles, and meadowsweet.

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A diversity of tree species inhabit the Basha Kill ranging from Eastern hemlock to gray birch to an occasional poison sumac.

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