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The community composition of Californian coastal sage scrub

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Kirkpatrick, JB and Hutchinson, CF (1977) The community composition of Californian coastal sage scrub. Vegetatio, 35 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 0042-3106

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Abstract

Coastal sage scrub is a community found extensively throughout cismontane California south of San Francisco, but has been surprisingly little studied. In the study area, which extends from Santa Barbara to the San Gorgonio Pass, two major floristic groupings can be found. In the basin bounded coastwards by a line drawn along the axis of the Santa Ana Mountains a large number of native and introduced annual herbs and a few shrubs (e.g.Encelia farinosa), rare or absent in the remainder of the study area, characterize one floristic group. In the coastal region the variety of shrub species increases, and the herbs are predominantly native and more restricted in number. Eleven groups defined by physiognomy, structure and species dominance, and arbitrarily called associations, are recognized. These associations can be grouped into four physiognomic-structural types which transgress the boundaries of the floristic groups. The results of this study and the limited previous literature suggest that Californian coastal sage scrub could be divided, mainly on floristic criteria, into Venturan, San Diegan and Riversidian sage.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Vegetatio
Page Range: pp. 21-33
ISSN: 0042-3106
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1007/BF02097132
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 12:02
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:26
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2720
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