Introduction to California chaparral / Ronald D. Quinn, Sterling C. Keeley ; illustrations by Marianne D. Wallace.

The characteristic look of California Chaparral-a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills-is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills a...

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Online Access:Electronic book from JSTOR
Main Author: Quinn, Ronald D.
Other Authors: Keeley, Sterling C.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published:Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2006.
Series:California natural history guides ; 90.
California natural history guides. Introductory guide.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. The California chaparral
  • Fire and chaparral
  • Where is chaparral found?
  • Chaparral is found with other vegetation types
  • Coastal sage scrub is not chaparral
  • How organisms are named
  • 2. Mediterranean climate
  • The Pacific high
  • Rainfall, always unpredictable
  • Winds that carry water or take it away
  • Temperature
  • Microclimates
  • Convergence
  • Rain beetles mate only when there is rain
  • 3. Fire
  • The fire cycle
  • The fire regime
  • Sources of ignition
  • Aboriginal burning
  • Nineteenth-century fire
  • Fire patterns in the twentieth century
  • Modern fires
  • Natural responses of plants and animals to fire
  • 4. Plants
  • An evergreen, shrubby vegetation
  • Common shrubs and shrub families
  • The rose family (Roseaceae)
  • The buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae)
  • The heath family (Ericaceae)
  • The oak family (Fagaceae)
  • The sumac family (Anacardiaceae)
  • Other chaparral shrubs
  • Conifers : cypresses, pines, and bigcone Douglas fir
  • Common herb and subshrub families
  • The waterleaf family (Hydrophyllaceae)
  • The poppy family (Papaveraceae)
  • The lily family (Liliaceae)
  • The legume family (Fabaceae)
  • The snapdragon or figwort family (Scrophulariaceae)
  • Other chaparral herbs and subshrubs
  • Introduced weeds
  • 5. Animals
  • Mammals
  • Rodents (Order Rodentia)
  • Rabbits and hares (Order Lagomorpha)
  • Deer and bighorn sheep (Order Artiodactyla)
  • Carnivorous mammals (Order Carnivora)
  • Birds
  • Perching birds (Order Passeriformes)
  • Hawks (Order Falconiformes)
  • Owls (Order Strigiformes)
  • Reptiles
  • Snakes (Order Squamata, Suborder Serpentes)
  • Lizards (Order Squamata, Suborder Lacertilia)
  • Amphibians
  • Insects and arachnids
  • Insects (Class Insecta)
  • Trap door spiders, ticks, and scorpions (Class Arachnida)
  • Other chaparral insects
  • 6. Living with the chaparral
  • Prescribed fire
  • Fuel reduction and fuel breaks
  • Artificial seeding of burns
  • Fire creates its own weather
  • Geographic risk
  • Floods
  • Threats to chaparral
  • Options for wise growth
  • The value of chaparral
  • Glossary.