Brittlebush series
Section: shrb Series Dominated by Shrubs
Series formation: 
Series height:<3 m
Series canopy cover:c
Series ground layer:o
Elevation range (lower):-75
(upper):   1000
Wetland information:[not available]
Upland information: Uplands:alluvial fans; bajadas; upland slopes. Soil well-drained, may have desert pavement surface.
Reference:Barbour (1994), Burk (1977), Hunt (1966), Keeley & Keeley (1988), MacMahon (1988), O'Leary (1989), Pase & Brown (1982), Paysen et al. (1980), Vasek & Barbour (1977).
Comments:There are several series in which brittlebush is a major component. This series is often considered part of the creosote bush scrub, coastal scrub, or inland sage scrub. These scrubs are better thought of as a collection of series. In Cis-CA this series is part of the coastal sage scrub or inland sage scrub where brittlebush is dominant [ see California sagebrush series, California buckwheat series, Scalebroom series]. In Trans-CA this series is that part of the creosote bush scrub in which brittlebush is the dominant over any other shrubs which may be present [ see Creosote bush series, Creosote bush-cactus series, Creosote bush-white bursage series, White bursage series]. The amount of shrub canopy varies among stands. Dense canopies are common on steep rocky slopes. Areas of desert pavement have occasional shrub . It is difficult to consider such stands to be dominated by any one species, but brittlebush commonness places the stands here.
Plot based descriptions:Kirkpatrick & Hutchinson (1977) define a Brittlebush-wishbone bush association, White (1994b) recognizes this one among seven coastal scrub series in western Riverside Co. i-SoCo; Minnich et al. (1993) define a Brittlebush association [as Creosote bush scrub with brittlebush] at Marine Corps Air-ground Combat Center in San Bernardino Co. MojD.
Series Association:[not available]
FormationExtremely xeromorphic deciduous shrubland
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Brittlebush series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Brittlebush series
Common species: View common species for: Brittlebush series

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