California oatgrass series
Section: herb Series Dominated by Herbaceous Plants
Series formation: 
Series height:<1 m
Series canopy cover:o
Series ground layer:?
Elevation range (lower):0
(upper):   2200
Wetland information:Wetlands:habitat seasonally or permanently saturated with shallow water table. Water chemistry: fresh, saline. Valley bottoms, lower portions of alluvial slopes. Cowardin class: Palustrine emergent wetland. Uplands: coastal bluffs, terraces, slopes and ridges. The national list of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists California oatgrass as a FACW.
Upland information: Uplands:coastal bluffs, terraces, slopes and ridges. The national list of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists California oatgrass as a FACW.
Reference:: Bartolome et al. (1994), Heady et al. (1977b).
Comments:Often considered part of coastal prairie, this series extends from coastal terraces to inland bald hills. Species dominance varies at a fine scale [ see Idaho fescue series, Pacific reedgrass series, Tufted hairgrass series]. It often mixes with tree series at a coarser scale [ see Douglas-fir - tanoak series, Oregon white oak series, Redwood series]. Sawyer et al. (1978b) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) qualitatively describes Danthonia unispicata meadows at Preacher Meadows candidate RNA in Trinity Co. m-KlaR.
Plot based descriptions:Heady et al. (1977b) report cover for California oatgrass type in Sonoma Co.; NDDB has plot data on file for stands in Sonoma and Humboldt Cos., Grenier (1989) defines one association at Redwood National Park in Humboldt Co. o-NorCo; Stuart et al. (1992) an association at Castle Crags State Park in Siskiyou Co. l-KlaR; Helms & Ratliff (1987) an association in Yosemite National Park m-SN.
Series Association:b Associations : Grenier (1989): California oatgrass - tall-oatgrass association. Stuart et al. (1992): Squirreltail-California oatgrass association. Helms & Ratliff (1987): California oatgrass - pull-up muhly association.
FormationTemperate or sub-polar grassland with sparse shrub layer
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