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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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Colorado Desert Vegetation

Colorado Desert Vegetation

(p.657) TWENTY THREE Colorado Desert Vegetation
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Allan A. Schoenherr

Jack H. Burk

University of California Press

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

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