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Vernal Pools

Ayzik I. Solomeshch, Michael G. Barbour and Robert F. Holland

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/9780520249554.003.0015
Vernal Pools

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Vernal pools are seasonal ephemeral wetlands that fill and dry each year, and are one of the few low-elevation habitats in California which are dominated by native plant species. Vernal pools continue to be converted into agricultural lands and urban housing developments; as a result, many vernal pool taxa are now rare and endangered. This chapter reviews the geologic, hydrologic, and edaphic settings of vernal pools. It also examines the evolution of the vernal pool flora, autecological traits of vernal pool species, and diversity and classification of plant communities. The conservation and management of vernal pool ecosystems are also discussed.

Keywords: vernal pools; native plant; vernal pool flora; conservation; vernal pool ecosystems

Chapter.  21404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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