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Coastal Sage Scrub
Coastal sage scrub, also known as coastal scrub, CSS, or soft chaparral, is a low scrubland Shrubland, scrubland, scrub, brush, or bush is a plant community A plant community is a collection or Association (ecology), association of plant species within a designated geographical unit, which forms a relatively uniform patch, distinguishab ... plant community A plant community is a collection or Association (ecology), association of plant species within a designated geographical unit, which forms a relatively uniform patch, distinguishable from neighboring patches of different vegetation types. The compo ... of the California coastal sage and chaparral subecoregion, found in coastal California and northwestern coastal Baja California. It is within the California chaparral and woodlands terrestrial ecoregion, ecoregion, of the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome. Characteristics ;Plant community Coastal sage scrub is characterized by low-growing aromatic, and drough ...
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Slope Effect
In physical geology, aspect is the compass direction that a slope faces (it is also known as exposure). For example, a slope on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, Rockies toward the Great Plains is described as having an ''easterly aspect''. A slope which falls down to a deep valley on its western side and a shallower one on its eastern side has a ''westerly aspect'' or is a ''west-facing slope''. The direction a slope faces can affect the physical and biotic features of the slope, known as a slope effect. The term aspect can also be used to describe the shape or alignment of a coastline. Here, the aspect is the direction which the coastline is facing towards the sea. For example, a coastline with sea to the northeast (as in most of Queensland) has a ''northeasterly aspect''. Importance of aspect Aspect can have a strong influence on temperature. This is because of the angle of the sun in the northern and southern hemispheres which is less than 90 degrees or directly overhea ...
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Encelia Californica
''Encelia californica'' is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae, daisy family known by the common name California brittlebush. It is also commonly referred to as "California coast sunflower" and "California bush sunflower". Distribution This shrub is native to southern California (U.S.) and northern Baja California (México). It is a member of the Coastal sage scrub, coastal sage plant community at the shoreline, and the California chaparral and woodlands, chaparral and woodlands plant community on inland foothills in the Transverse Ranges, Transverse and Peninsular Ranges. Description ''Encelia californica'' is a bushy shrub that reaches between 50–150  cm (20-60 inches) in height. It has many thin branches covered in widely spaced green leaves which are a Leaf shape, rounded diamond shape. The solitary Head (botany), flower heads are daisy like, with 15 to 25 bright yellow ray florets 1 to 3 centimeters long around a center of protruding yellowish to purplis ...
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San Diego County, California
San Diego County, officially the County of San Diego, is a county A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary The ''Chambers Dictionary'' (''TCD'') was first published by William Chambers (publisher), William and Robert Chambers (publisher bo ... in the southwestern corner of the state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Un ... of California California is a in the . With over 39.3million residents across a total area of approximately , it is the and the U.S. state by area. It is also the in North America and the in the world. The area and the are the nation's second and ..., in the United States The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States ...
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Oregon
Oregon () is a U.S. state, state in the Pacific Northwest region of the Western United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington (state), Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The 42nd parallel north, 42° north parallel delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. Oregon has been home to many Indigenous peoples of the Americas, indigenous nations for thousands of years. The first European traders, explorers, and settlers began exploring what is now Oregon's Pacific coast in the early-mid 16th century. As early as 1565, the Spanish expeditions to the Pacific Northwest, Spanish began sending vessels northeast from the Philippines, riding the Kuroshio Current in a sweeping circular route across the northern part of the Pacific. In 1592, Juan de Fuca undertook detailed mapping and studies of ocean currents in the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon coast as well as ...
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San Luis Obispo County, California
San Luis Obispo County, officially the County of San Luis Obispo, is a county A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary The ''Chambers Dictionary'' (''TCD'') was first published by William Chambers (publisher), William and Robert Chambers (publisher bo ... on the Central Coast of California. As of the 2010 census2010 census may refer to: * 2010 Chinese Census * 2010 Dominican Republic Census * 2010 Indonesian census * 2010 Malaysian Census * 2010 Russian Census * 2010 Turkish census * 2010 United States Census * 2010 Zambian census {{Disambiguation ..., the population was 269,637. The county seat A county seat is an administrative centerAn administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government, or a county town, or the place where the central administration of a Township, commune is located. In countries with Fre ... is San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo (, ; SLO for s ...
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California Coastal Prairie
California coastal prairie, also known as northern coastal grassland, is a grassland plant community of California and Oregon in the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome. It is found along the West Coast of the United States, Pacific Coast, from as far south as Los Angeles in Southern California up into southern Oregon. Description California's coastal prairies are the most species-rich grassland types in North America (Stromberg et al. 2002) with at most, 26 species present per square meter. Coastal prairie is also the single most urbanized major vegetation type in the U.S.; 24 percent of the habitat has been lost to pavement. Wind, salt spray, fire, and grazing are evolutionary disturbances which affected shrubs and tree growth maintaining more open grasslands. In the absence of grazing and/or fire, many areas of coastal prairie are being lost to shrub and tree encroachment. The accumulated organic matter from centuries produce a rich, dark mollisol, prairie s ...
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Northern Coastal Scrub
Northern coastal scrub is a scrubland plant community of California and Oregon. It occurs along the Pacific Coast from Point Sur on the Central California coast in Monterey County, California, to southern Oregon. It frequently forms a landscape mosaic with California coastal prairie, coastal prairie. The Northern coastal scrub's predominant plants are low evergreen shrubs and herbs. Characteristic shrubs include coyote brush ''(Baccharis pilularis)'', California yerba santa ''(Eriodictyon californicum)'', coast silk-tassel ''(Garrya elliptica)'', salal ''(Gaultheria shallon)'', and yellow bush lupine ''(Lupinus arboreus)''. Herbaceous Northern coastal scrub species include western blue-eyed grass ''(Sisyrinchium bellum)'', Douglas iris ''(Iris douglasiana)'', and :Native grasses of California, native grasses. See also *Coastal sage scrub *California coastal prairie *California coastal sage and chaparral ecoregion *:Native grasses of California, Native grasses of California ...
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Hesperoyucca Whipplei
''Hesperoyucca whipplei'' (syn. ''Yucca whipplei''), the chaparral yucca, our Lord's candle, Spanish bayonet, Quixote yucca or foothill yucca, is a species of flowering plant closely related to, and formerly usually included in, the genus ''Yucca''. It is native to southern California, United States and Baja California, Mexico, where it occurs mainly in chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and California oak woodland, oak woodland plant communities at altitudes of 0–2500 m. Description It produces a stemless cluster of long, rigid leaves which end in a sharp point. The leaves are 20–90 cm (rarely to 125 cm) long and 0.7–2 cm wide, and gray-green in color. The leaf edges are finely saw-toothed. The single inflorescence grows extremely fast, and reaches 0.9–3 m tall, bearing hundreds of elliptical (bell shaped) white to purplish flowers 3 cm diameter on a densely branched panicle up to 70 cm broad, covering the upper half of the inflorescence. ...
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Succulent
In botany Botany, also called , plant biology or phytology, is the science of plant life and a branch of biology. A botanist, plant scientist or phytologist is a scientist who specialises in this field. The term "botany" comes from the Ancient Greek wo ..., succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plant Plants are predominantly photosynthetic Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to Energy transformation, convert light energy into chemical energy that, through cellular respiration, can later be released to fuel ...s with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in arid A region is arid when it is characterized by a severe lack of available water, to the extent of hindering or preventing the growth and development Development or developing may refer to: Arts *Development hell, when a project is stuck in d ... climates or soil Surface-water- gley developed in glacial till, Northern Ire ...
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Cactus
A cactus (plural cacti, cactuses, or less commonly, cactus) is a member of the plant Plants are predominantly photosynthetic Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to Energy transformation, convert light energy into chemical energy that, through cellular respiration, can later be released to fuel ... family Cactaceae,Although the spellings of botanical families have been largely standardized, there is little agreement among botanists as to how these names are to be pronounced. The ' suffix In linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for studying and modeling them. The traditional areas of linguistic analysis include ... can be pronounced () or , () or (). a family comprising about 127 genera with some 1750 known species of the order Caryophyllales Caryophyllales ( ) is a diverse and heterogeneous order of flowering p ...
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Poaceae
Poaceae () or Gramineae () is a large and nearly ubiquitous family In , family (from la, familia) is a of people related either by (by recognized birth) or (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families would off ... of monocotyledon Monocotyledons (), commonly referred to as monocots, ( ' Chase & Reveal) are and grass-like s (angiosperms), the s of which typically contain only one nic leaf, or . They constitute one of the major groups into which the flowering plants have tr ...ous flowering plant Flowering plants include multiple members of the clade Angiospermae (), commonly called angiosperms. The term "angiosperm" is derived from the Greek#REDIRECT Greek Greek may refer to: Greece Anything of, from, or related to Greece Greec ...s known as grasses. It includes the cereal A cereal is any grass cultivated (grown) for the edible components of its grain ...
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Herbaceous Plant
Herbaceous plants are vascular plant Vascular plants (from Latin ''vasculum'': duct), also known as Tracheophyta (the tracheophytes , from Greek τραχεῖα ἀρτηρία ''trācheia artēria'' 'windpipe' + φυτά ''phutá'' 'plants'), form a large group of plants ( 300,000 ...s that have no persistent woody stems above ground, including many perennial A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant Plants are predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the Kingdom (biology), kingdom Plantae. Historically, the plant kingdom encompassed all living things that were not animals, and incl ...s, and nearly all annual Annual may refer to: *Annual publication, periodical publications appearing regularly once per year **Yearbook **Literary annual *Annual plant *Annual report *Annual giving *Annual, Morocco, a settlement in northeastern Morocco *Annuals (band), a ...s and biennial Biennial means (an event) lasting for two years or occurring every two years. The ...
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