Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Mitchella repens


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Mitchella repens. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : MITREP SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : MIRE COMMON NAMES : partridgeberry two-eyed berry running-fox TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for partridgeberry is Mitchella repens L. [5,10]. There are no recognized subspecies, varieties, or forms. LIFE FORM : Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Partridgeberry is widely distributed throughout the eastern United States. It ranges from Newfoundland south to central Florida and from southern Ontario and Minnesota south to eastern Texas [4,5,22,24,31]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES10 White - red - jack pine FRES11 Spruce - fir FRES12 Longleaf - slash pine FRES13 Loblolly - shortleaf pine FRES14 Oak - pine FRES15 Oak - hickory FRES16 Oak - gum - cypress FRES17 Elm - ash - cottonwood FRES18 Maple - beech - birch FRES19 Aspen - birch STATES : AL AR CT DE FL GA IL IN IA KS KY ME MD MA MI MN MS MO NH NJ NY NC OH OK PA SC TN TX VT VA WV WI NB NF NS ON PQ BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K095 Great Lakes pine forest K096 Northeastern spruce - fir forest K097 Southeastern spruce - fir forest K100 Oak - hickory forest K101 Elm - ash forest K102 Beech - maple forest K104 Appalachian oak forest K106 Northern hardwoods K111 Oak - hickory - pine forest K112 Southern mixed forest K113 Southern floodplain forest SAF COVER TYPES : 14 Northern pin oak 17 Pin cherry 19 Gray birch - red maple 20 White pine - northern red oak - red maple 21 Eastern white pine 22 White pine - hemlock 23 Eastern hemlock 25 Sugar maple - beech - yellow birch 28 Black cherry - maple 31 Red spruce - sugar maple - beech 43 Bear oak 44 Chestnut oak 51 White pine - chestnut oak 52 White oak - black oak - northern red oak 53 White oak 55 Northern red oak 59 Yellow-poplar - white oak - northern red oak 60 Beech - sugar maple 62 Silver maple - American elm 64 Sassafras - persimmon 80 Loblolly pine - shortleaf pine 82 Loblolly pine - hardwood 83 Longleaf pine - slash pine 93 Sugarberry - American elm - green ash 97 Atlantic white-cedar 108 Red maple 110 Black oak SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Partridgeberry is part of the climax undergrowth vegetation in several forest communities in the eastern United States. It is not an indicator or dominant species in any habitat types [12,16,21,26].


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : The fruit of partridgeberry is eaten by ruffed grouse, northern bobwhite, sharp-tailed grouse, and prairie chicken. The fruit is also frequently eaten by raccoons and red fox [5,28]. Keegan [13] reported that partridgeberry made up 2.9 to 3.4 percent (dry weight) of the summer and fall diets of white-tailed deer. PALATABILITY : NO-ENTRY NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : NO-ENTRY OTHER USES AND VALUES : Partridgeberry has been planted as an ornamental in several parts of its range [2]. In Newfoundland, the berry is made into jam and sold commercially [15]. OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Partridgeberry is a creeping, rhizomatous, evergreen, woody vine up to 1.5 feet (50 cm) tall. It roots at the nodes and often forms loose mats. The flowers are borne in axillary, single stalks at the tip of the branchlets. The fruit is a drupe containing eight seeds [11,19,22,24]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Hemicryptophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : Although partridgeberry is a seed producer, information regarding its propagation by seed is scant. The primary mode of reproduction is vegetative [3]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Partridgeberry grows on a variety of sites but generally prefers mildly acidic, well-drained mesic soils [1,17] It grows on leached banks, shaded sandstone ledges, and mossy hammocks and bogs [4,10,11]. In addition to those identified under Distribution and Occurrence, common associates of partridgeberry include red mulberry (Morus rubra), strawberry-bush (Euonymus americanus), Carolina silverberry (Halesia carolina), southern black-haw (Viburnum prunifolium), devil's walkingstick (Aralia spinosa), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), huckleberry (Gaylussacia spp.), blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), hickory (Carya spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), and fetterbush (Lyonia ferruginea) [3,4,16,26]. A complete list of trees associated with partridgeberry would include a majority of trees growing in the eastern United States. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Facultative Seral Species Partridgeberry is a shade tolerant, mid- to late-seral species. It is a component of climax forests in the eastern United States [3,16,26]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : Partridgeberry flowers between April and June, and often again in autumn. The fruit ripens between July and October, and often persists throughout the year [3,10,28].


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Partridgeberry is not well adapted to fire. The rhizomes are usually in the litter layer and not well protected from fire [6,18]. However, protected and underground rhizomes probably sprout following fire. Partridgeberry probably colonizes burned area by animal-dispersed seed or by trailing vines, but these regeneration strategies have not been documented in the literature. FIRE REGIMES : Find fire regime information for the plant communities in which this species may occur by entering the species name in the FEIS home page under "Find Fire Regimes". POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Rhizomatous low woody plant, rhizome in organic mantle


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Most fires probably top-kill partridgeberry, and severe fires may kill the plant. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Partridgeberry's response to fire is not well documented. Reports in the literature suggest that it is a fire decreaser, although postfire density, frequency, or growth rates for partridgeberry were not given [9,23,29,30]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : The Research Project Summary Effects of surface fires in a mixed red and eastern white pine stand in Michigan provides information on prescribed fire and postfire response of plant community species, including partridgeberry, that was not available when this species review was written. FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Mitchella repens
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