Stinson Prairie, a 12.5 ha native preserve, is a rich grassland exhibiting the full range of prairie vegetation. Situated on a rolling moraine, topographic differences produce four main vegetation types: dry prairie, mesic prairie, swales and pothholes. Species richness is highest in the mesic prairie and lowest in the swales and pothholes. Stinson Prairie, although small, is well preserved, and compared to Kalsow Prairie (mesic) and Sheeder Prairie (dry), shows a well-developed vegetation gradient. Cypripedium candidum, an orchid rare in Iowa, is found on Stinson Prairie.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1976 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Glenn-Lewin, David C.
"The Vegetation of Stinson Prairie, Kossuth County, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 83(3), 88-93.
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