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Sagebrush Steppe

James A. Young, Charlie D. Clements and Henricus C. Jansen

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/9780520249554.003.0021
Sagebrush Steppe

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The sagebrush steppe is generally comprised of treeless, shrub-dominated communities along the eastern and northeastern boundary of California. This chapter discusses the characteristics, climate, and topography of the sagebrush steppe, focusing on the potential plant communities that comprise the natural vegetation of the Artemisia steppe of California. These communities are identified by dominant shrub and herbaceous species. The chapter also provides examples of several plant communities that currently characterize much of the Artemisia steppe of California.

Keywords: sagebrush steppe; Artemisia steppe; Artemisia; shrub; herbaceous species; plant communities

Chapter.  13169 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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