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Chaparral Plants/ Canyon Study. Del Mar, CA Entry to Canyon study area facing towards the Northwest. Picture taken approximately 4:00 in the afternoon in May. Chaparral habitat destruction?. Development and urbanization of San Diego is destroying much of the native Chaparral areas

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chaparral plants canyon study
Chaparral Plants/ Canyon Study
  • Del Mar, CA
  • Entry to Canyon study area facing towards the Northwest.
  • Picture taken approximately 4:00 in the afternoon in May.
chaparral habitat destruction
Chaparral habitat destruction?
  • Development and urbanization of San Diego is destroying much of the native Chaparral areas
  • This area is just North of the TPHS football stadium
common adaptations seen in chaparral coastal sage plants
Common Adaptations seen in Chaparral/Coastal Sage Plants
  • Waxy cuticles to prevent water loss
  • Seasonal growth and defoliation adaptive strategy often used
  • Typically low growing (less than 3meters)
  • Many can retain/store water in woody stems, root balls, or succulent tissue.
  • Reduced leaf surface area to prevent water loss via evaporation
common coastal sage chaparral plants
Common Coastal Sage & Chaparral Plants

Put down your cell phone, open your eyes, and take a look around you!

Coastal Sage Scrub & Chaparral Plants are found in only a few places in the WORLD!

Wow,plants are cool!

Amazing

baccaharis
Baccaharis
  • A native species common to this area.
prickly pear cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Optunia sp.
  • What types of adaptations does it have for living in this area???
  • Edible, tasty fruit eaten by Native American populations
barrel cactus
Barrel Cactus
  • Succulent
  • Waxy cuticle
  • Protective spines
  • Both sexual and asexual reproduction
black sage
Black Sage
  • Very distinctive smell
  • Requires little water
  • Adapted for sunny & arid climates
exotic introductions
Exotic Introductions

Me???

  • Most common landscaping plants are exotic to San Diego
  • Exotic species often lack predators
  • Some exotic plants may outcompete native species
  • Some exotic plants may vigorously spread to new areas
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Tamarisk over-utilizes ground water, and causes many natural watering holes to go dry, killing animals and out-competing native plant species.