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Colorado Desert Vegetation

Allan A. Schoenherr and Jack H. Burk

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/9780520249554.003.0023
Colorado Desert Vegetation

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The Colorado Desert of California represents the northwesternmost portion of the Sonoran Desert, which extends into Arizona, Baja California, and Sonora. This chapter describes the types of vegetation and distribution of dominant plants in the Colorado Desert, presenting vegetation types based on dominant species and on assemblages of species with similar strategies for coping with specific microclimates and soil types. The plant community types of the Colorado Desert include the creosote bush scrub, cactus scrub, saltbush scrub, alkali sink, microphyll woodland, palm oasis, and psammophytic scrub.

Keywords: Colorado Desert; vegetation; microclimates; creosote bush scrub; cactus scrub; saltbush scrub; alkali sink; microphyll woodland; palm oasis; psammophytic scrub

Chapter.  20265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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