THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SANTA FE DAM RECREATION AREA


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Plants

The Plant Community

Alluvial sage scrub has been described as a variant of coastal sage scrub and is also referred to as Riversidean alluvial fan scrub, alluvial fan sage scrub, cismontane alluvial scrub, alluvial fan scrub, or as Riversidian Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub. Alluvial scrub is considered a distinct and rare plant community found primarily on alluvial fans and flood plains along the southern bases of the Transverse Ranges and portions of the Peninsular Ranges in southern California. This relatively open vegetation type is adapted to periodic flooding and erosion and is comprised of an assortment of drought-deciduous shrubs and larger evergreen woody shrubs characteristic of both coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities.

Excerpted and abbreviated from http://policy.fws.gov/library/00fr77177.html



Web Page by Jane Strong for CNPS-SGM, April, 2004, revised April 2009