Catclaw acacia series
Section: shrb Series Dominated by Shrubs
Series formation: 
Series height:<2 m
Series canopy cover:co
Series ground layer:s
Elevation range (lower):10
(upper):   1550
Wetland information:[not available]
Upland information: Uplands:Rarely flooded margins of arroyos and washes. The national list of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists catclaw acacia as a FACU.
Reference:Johnson (1976), MacMahon (1988), Paysen et al. (1980), Thorne (1982), Turner & Brown (1982), Vasek & Barbour (1977).
Comments:Catclaw acacia stands occupy habitat similar to Blue palo verde-ironwood-smoke tree series at lower elevations. The Catclaw acacia series is mostly a MojD one that lacks the tree component of the Blue palo verde-ironwood-smoke tree series. The pure species stands of desert-willow in MojD are included in this series at this time. Stands are transitional in character at intermediate elevations. Cheesebush may be locally common, and these stands are included in this series. Upper reaches of washes in ColD lack the trees, but have catclaw acacia, fairy duster, and other shrubs. Such stands are included in this series until plot data are available to differentiate as a new series.
Plot based descriptions:Vasek & Barbour (1977) report on wash composition [in Table 244] in the Whipple Mountains in San Bernardino Co. MojD; Spolsky (1979) defines Cheesebush scrub asso-ciation in Anza Borrego State Park in San Diego Co. ColD.
Series Association:[not available]
FormationMixed evergreen-deciduous shrubland
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Catclaw acacia series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Catclaw acacia series
Common species: View common species for: Catclaw acacia series

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