- World Boreal Forests -
Rhamnaceae - Buckthorn Family
The Buckthorn Family, scientifically known as Rhamnaceae, brings its distinct presence to the boreal forest. In this region, one notable member is Buckthorn (Rhamnus spp.), characterized by its small, dark berries and simple, often serrated leaves. This family's contribution to the boreal forest ecosystem lies not only in its unique botanical features but also in its role as a habitat and food source for various wildlife species. For example, the dense growth and thorny branches of buckthorn shrubs offer shelter and nesting sites for birds such as thrushes and warblers. Additionally, the berries produced by buckthorn serve as a valuable food source for birds like robins and waxwings, as well as for small mammals like squirrels and chipmunks. The presence of Rhamnaceae contributes to the overall biodiversity and ecological balance of the boreal forest.