#monocotmonday this time around is back up yon on the south facing ridges of a typical northern hemlock gully (NYNHP tends to classify this under red pine rocky ridge). While the opposite side provides some species poor understories beneath a heavy canopy of hemlock, the more xeric, acidic, and sandy side yields a nice mix of ericaceous shrubs, subshrubs, and other assorted herbs and grasses.
Seen here is little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var scoparium) underneath a mixed canopy of Pinus rigida, Pinus resinosa, Quercus montana, Populus grandidentata, and Quercus rubra. Associated herbs and other woodies include Gaultheria procumbens, Epigaea repens, Vaccinium sp., Ceanothus americanus, Maianthemum canadense, Elymus sp, et al... Always loved this hike at the south end of Canandaigua lake (Conklins Gully) as a part of the High Tor WMA.