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    Author(s): C. Eugene Conrad
    Date: 1987
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-99. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 86 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    This Guide presents taxonomic keys based on vegetative features of 132 southern California shrub and subshrub species found in an area bounded by the southern part of the coast ranges, the north and east sides of the transverse and peninsular ranges, and Mexico. The keys are supported with instructions and an extensive glossary. Species discussion includes a brief description and generalized distribution of each species. When known, the fire response mechanism, wildlife value, and cultural value are given. A line drawing or photograph of each species is included. All genera that include chaparral shrub and subshrub species recognized by A Flora of Southern California by Philip A. Munz are listed in an appendix. Typical plant communities that include species in the genera listed along with elevation range, aspects, and geographic zones of the species habitats are given.

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    Conrad, C. Eugene. 1987. Common shrubs of chaparral and associated ecosystems of southern California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-99. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 86 p.


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