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Southern and Central California Chaparral and Oak Woodlands Ecoregion

The primary distinguishing characteristic of this ecoregion is its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and cool moist winters, and associated vegetative cover comprising mainly chaparral and oak woodlands; grasslands occur in some lower elevations and patches of pine are found at higher elevations. Most of the region consists of open low mountains or foothills, but there are areas of irregular plains in the south and near the border of the adjacent Central California Valley ecoregion. Much of this region is grazed by domestic livestock; very little land has been cultivated.

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Southern and Central California Chaparral and Oak Woodlands Plant Communities

Chaparral

Dry slopes and ridges below the Yellow Pine Forest. Diverse hard-leaved, often evergreen, shrubs typically growing together to create impenetrable coverage. Fire-prone, with many shrubs sprouting from the stumps.
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Coastal Sage Scrub

Dry rocky and gravelly slopes of the Southern California coast, mostly below chaparral and 3000 feet. Community is somewhat more open than chaparral.
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Coastal Salt Marsh

Salt marshes along the coast, especially tidelands, from sea level to 10 feet. Characterized by Salicornia and Distichlis. Growing season is 12 months, with little seasonal and diurnal fluctuations in temperature.
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Coastal Strand

Sandy beaches and dunes with low or prostrate vegetation, often succulent and late-flowering.
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Foothill Woodland

Foothills and valley borders, 400 to 3000 feet. Trees 15 to 70 feet tall, in dense or open woodland, with scattered brush and grassland between the trees, which include Pinus sabiniana, several species of oak, California bay laurel, and California buckeye.
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Freshwater Marsh

Marshes of interior valleys, river-bottom lagoons, and along the coast behind salty or brackish areas, from sea level to about 500 feet.
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Southern Oak Woodland

Valleys of interior southern California from Los Angeles County to Mexico, ascending to about 5000 feet. Trees 20 to 60 feet tall, with grassland or few soft shrubs between them.
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Valley Grassland

Originally with various bunchgrasses such as Nasella pulchra, now largely dominated by invasive exotic annual species. Open treeless grassland, with vernal pools scattered locally.
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