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Chaparral

Jon E. Keeley and Frank W. Davis

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0013
Chaparral

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Chaparral is the evergreen sclerophyllous shrubland that is distributed from San Francisco south to Ensenada in Baja, California, as well as the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This chapter discusses the classification, distribution, and evolutionary and geological history of chaparral, first looking at the biological patterns of chaparral vegetation and providing a list of species endemic to postfire environments. It then discusses shrub life history syndromes and successional changes in chaparral, and also describes colonization by alien plants in California shrublands, ending with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: chaparral; shrubland; postfire environments; shrub life history; alien plants

Chapter.  16595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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