Greasewood series
Section: shrb Series Dominated by Shrubs
Series formation: 
Series height:<3 m
Series canopy cover:co
Series ground layer:v
Elevation range (lower):100
(upper):   2000
Wetland information:Wetlands:habitats intermittently flooded, saturated. Water chemistry: mixosaline. Barrier beaches; dry lake beds; plains; lagoon bars; old lake beds perched above current drainages; stable dunes. Cowardin class: Pal ustrine shrub-scrub wetland. The national list of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists greasewood as a FACU.
Upland information: [not available]
Reference:Burk (1977), MacMahon (1988), Paysen et al. (1980), Thorne (1982), Tueller (1994), Vasek & Barbour (1977b), Young et al. (1977), West (1988).
Comments:This series is often considered part of the alkali sink scrub, which is better thought of as a collection of series [ see Bush seepweed series, Iodine bush series]. Whether a given stand is classed as a member of either series depends on which species dominates. Iodine bush tolerates higher salt concentrations than greasewood (MacMahon & Wagner 1985).
Plot based descriptions:Young et al. (1986) describe stands in w. NV. NDDB has plot data on file for Surprise Valley in Modoc Co. ModP; Ferren & Davis (1991) define a Greasewood-shadscale association at Fish Slough in TraSN.
Series Association:[not available]
FormationTemperate broad-leaved evergreen shrubland
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Greasewood series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Greasewood series
Common species: View common species for: Greasewood series

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