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