Beach pine series
Section: tree Series Dominated by Trees
Series formation: 
Series height:<25 m
Series canopy cover:c
Series ground layer:a
Elevation range (lower):0
(upper):   150
Wetland information:Wetlands:soils intermittently flooded. Water chemistry: fresh. Cowardin class: Palustrine forested wetland. Uplands maritime terraces or sand dunes. Soils excessively or poorly drained. The national inventory of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists lodgepole pine as a FAC.
Upland information: Uplands: maritime terraces or sand dunes. Soils excessively or poorly drained. The national inventory of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists lodgepole pine as a FAC.
Reference:Beach pine range in CA (Griffin & Critchfield 1972); silvics (Lotan & Critchfield 1990). Vogl et. al. (1977).
Comments:Pinus contorta includes four subspecies which are best treated as ecological races (Lotan & Critchfield 1990). The Rocky Mountain race ( P. c. ssp. latifolia ) grows outside CA. The Sierra-Cascade race ( P. c. ssp. murrayana ) is included in the Lodgepole series. The Mendocino white plains race ( P. c. ssp. bolanderi ) is a component of the Pygmy cypress series. The coastal race ( P. c. ssp. contorta ), also called shore pine, is the dominant tree in this series. Since the varieties have very different ecology, each is placed in its own separate series. The coastal race's cones tend to open at maturity, but do remain attached to the branches. Some stands are self-replacing; others are not. Stands of this series occur along the coast to Alaska.
Plot based descriptions:not available.
Series Association:[not available]
FormationTemperate or sub-polar needle-leaved evergreen forest
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Beach pine series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Beach pine series
Common species: View common species for: Beach pine series

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