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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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Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools

Chapter:
(p.394) FIFTEEN Vernal Pools
Source:
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition
Author(s):

Ayzik I. Solomeshch

Michael G. Barbour

Robert F. Holland

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0015

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

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