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Southern California Conifer Forests

Richard A. Minnich

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/9780520249554.003.0018
Southern California Conifer Forests

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This chapter focuses on the distribution and species composition of conifer forests in Southern California. Conifers make up most forests and woodlands of Southern California. These coniferous forests include closed-cone conifers, four-needle pinyons, ghost pines, Coulter pines, Bigcone Douglas fir, mixed-conifer forests, subalpine forests, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. The chapter also discusses the properties of conifer fire regimes, followed by summaries of three fire-regime models, and the role of fire in mixed-conifer forest assemblages.

Keywords: conifer forests; Southern California; closed-cone conifers; four-needle pinyons; ghost pines; Coulter pines; Bigcone Douglas fir; mixed-conifer forests; subalpine forests; pinyon-juniper woodlands

Chapter.  29182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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