Pygmy cypress series
Section: tree Series Dominated by Trees
Series formation: 
Series height:<18 m
Series canopy cover:o
Series ground layer:s
Elevation range (lower):100
(upper):   300
Wetland information:[not available]
Upland information: Uplands:maritime terraces. Soils sandstone-derived, acid, sterile, poorly-drained with iron hardpan.
Reference:: Pygmy cypress range in CA (Griffin & Critchfield 1972). Howard (1992), Jenny et al. (1969), Paysen et al. (1980), Sholars (1979, 1982, 1984), Sposito (1992), Vogl et al. (1977), Wolf & Wagener (1948).
Comments:Pygmy cypress [ Cupressus goveniana ssp. pygmaea ] is one of two dwarfed cypresses in the state. The other [ Cupressus goveniana ssp. goveniana ] occurs in Monterey Co. [ see Gowen cypress stands]. The two taxa have also been treated as species in some manuals. Both occur in similar habitats; this subspecies has a wider range. The species has been studied ecologically, and stands differ from surrounding vegetation (Vogl et al. 1977). This is the only series in which Bolander pine is present. It is closely related to beach pine, which occurs on coastal dunes [ see Beach pine series]. Pygmy cypress is rare (a CNPS List 1B plant) (Skinner & Pavlik 1994).
Plot based descriptions:Westman & Whittaker (1975) defines four associations as part of vegetation gradients from pygmy cypress to redwood-dominated stands in Mendocino Co. o-NorCo. Lichen species and tree height separate associations. Sholars (1979) reports tree sizes.
Series Association:Westman & Whittaker (1975): Pygmy cypress/ Cladonia bellidiflora association [as Short hydric pygmy cypress type], Pygmy cypress/ Cladina impexa association [as Mesophytic pygmy cypress type], Pygmy cypress/ Ramalina tharusta association [as Tall hydric pygmy cypress type], Pygmy cypress/ Usnea subfloridana association [as Extreme pygmy cypress type].
FormationTemperate or sub-polar needle-leaved evergreen forest
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Pygmy cypress series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Pygmy cypress series
Common species: View common species for: Pygmy cypress series

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