New York Natural Heritage Program
Broom Crowberry
Corema conradii (Torr.) Torr. ex Loud.

Habitat [-]
A low-growing evergreen shrub only known from a small region of the Shawangunks where it occurs along the ledges of open exposed siliceous rock (New York Natural Heritage Program 2004). Usually in sandy soil (Gleason and Cronquist 1991). Sandy or rocky soil; pine barrens (Newcomb 1977). Sandy pine barrens, sandhills and siliceous rocks (Fernald 1970).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Maritime heathland*
    A dwarf shrubland community that occurs on rolling outwash plains and moraine of the glaciated portion of the Atlantic coastal plain, near the ocean and within the influence of onshore winds and salt spray.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Pitch pine-oak-heath rocky summit
    A community that occurs on warm, dry, rocky ridgetops and summits where the bedrock is non-calcareous (such as quartzite, sandstone, or schist), and the soils are more or less acidic. This community is broadly defined and includes examples that may lack pines and are dominated by scrub oak and/or heath shrubs apparently related to fire regime.
  • Unpaved road/path
    A sparsely vegetated road or pathway of gravel, bare soil, or bedrock outcrop. These roads or pathways are maintained by regular trampling or scraping of the land surface. The substrate consists of the soil or parent material at the site which may be modified by the addition of local organic material (woodchips, logs, etc.) or sand and gravel. Abandoned railroad beds where tracks have been removed are included here. One characteristic plant is path rush.

Associated Species [-]
  • (Aronia arbutifolia)
  • Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)
  • Umbel-like Sedge (Carex tonsa)
  • Black Huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
  • Sheep-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Narrowleaf Cowwheat (Melampyrum lineare)
  • Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)
  • Eastern Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)
  • Scrub Oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
  • Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana)
  • Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Early Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)