Sage Scrub

Philip W. Rundel

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI:
Sage Scrub

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Sage scrub is a vegetation type distributed along the coast and semiarid interior of Southern California, as well as scattered areas along the central California coast. This chapter discusses the classification, composition and structure, and ecophysiology of sage scrub communities. Three associations are described within the broader sage scrub ecosystem: coastal sage scrub, interior sage scrub, and maritime succulent scrub. Disturbance regimes in sage scrub communities—such as fire, alien species, and air pollution—are also described. The chapter furthermore discusses efforts for restoration, and offers suggestions for future research.

Keywords: sage scrub; Southern California; coastal sage scrub; interior sage scrub; maritime succulent scrub; fire; alien species; air pollution

Chapter.  14493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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