Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1985

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Midland Naturalist

DOI of Published Version

10.2307/2425576

Abstract

Dominant shrub species of coastal sage scrub in coastal southern Cali- fornia are able to produce shoots from their base on a continual basis in the absence of fire or other major defoliation. As a result, each shrub becomes a population of mixed-aged branches (ramets) and extends its duration in the canopy beyond the age of any of its above-ground phytomass, reduces the incidence of senescence, and per- mits an individual (genet) to survive during long fire-free intervals. A computer sim- ulation of succession in coastal sage scrub under differing fire intervals shows that continual basal sprouting may be significant in influencing the long-term composition of the vegetation.

Keywords

sustainability

Journal Article Version

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Published Article/Book Citation

American Midland Naturlist, 113 (1985), pp. 309-318. doi:10.2307/2425576

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Copyright © American Midland Naturalist, 1985. Posted by permission of the publisher.

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