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Chaparral Biome : plant communities. Santa Monica Mountains: Hard Chaparral, Woodlands, Riparian Big Sycamore Canyon Coastal Sage Scrub (soft chaparral). We will focus on looking at the common shrubs and how they are adapted to this biome. Plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub Community….

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chaparral biome plant communities
Chaparral Biome:plant communities
  • Santa Monica Mountains:
    • Hard Chaparral, Woodlands, Riparian
  • Big Sycamore Canyon
    • Coastal Sage Scrub

(soft chaparral)

We will focus on looking at the common shrubs and how they are adapted to this biome.

plants of the coastal sage scrub community
Plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub Community…

Coastal Sagebrush

(Artemisia californica)

the dominant plant of this community

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often in association with

Sagebrush…

Deerweed

(Lotus scoparius)

Lupin

(Lupinus sp)

Sticky Monkey Flower

(Mimulus sp)

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Coast Prickly Pear

(Opuntia littoralis)

Our Lord’s Candle

(Yucca whipplei)

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Laural Sumac

(Malosma laurina)

Coyote Bush

(Baccharis pilularis)

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Purple and Black Sage

(Salvia leucophylla, S. mellifera)

Giant Coreopsis

(Coreopsis gigantea)

Note leaf shape in the field

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Toyon or

Christmas Berry

(Heteromeles arbutifolia)

Lemonade Berry

(Rhus integrifolia)

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Poison Oak

(Toxicodendron diversilobum

Mugwort

(Artemisia douglasiana)

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Copast Live Oak

(Quercus agrifolia)

Western Sycamore

(Platanus racemosa)

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Black Walnut

(Juglans californica)

Arroyo Willow

(Salix lasiolepis)

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California Buckwheat

Erigonum fasciculatum

Bush Mallow

(Malacothamnus fasciculatus)

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Hard Chaparral

Bigpod Ceanothus

(Ceanothus megacarpus)

Chamise, or Greasewood

(Adenostoma fasciculatum)

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Elderberry

(Sambucus mexicana)

Black-hooded Parakeet (at Big Sycamore)

(Nandayus nenday)

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Non-natives (Exotics)

Sweet Fennel

(Foeniculum vulgare)

Tree Tobacco

Foeniculum vulgare

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

one of the worst invasives
One of the worst invasives:

Black Mustard

(Brassica nigra)

Giant Reed (Arundo donax)