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Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition$
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Michael Barbour

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249554

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249554.001.0001

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(p.339) THIRTEEN Chaparral
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Jon E. Keeley

Frank W. Davis

University of California Press

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

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