Santa Lucia fir series
Section: tree Series Dominated by Trees
Series formation: 
Series height:<50 m
Series canopy cover:c
Series ground layer:s
Elevation range (lower):250
(upper):   1400
Wetland information:[not available]
Upland information: Uplands:steep slopes, ridges; aspects north or easterly; canyon bottoms, raised stream benches and terraces. Soils sandstone, shale-derived. The national inventory of wetland plants (Reed 1988) does not list Santa Lucia fir.
Reference:Santa Lucia fir range in CA (Griffin & Critchfield 1972). Axelrod (1976), Barbour (1988), Paysen al. (1980), Talley (1974), Sawyer et al. (1977).
Comments:This series occurs in a complex vegeta-tion mosaic with other series in rugged topography. Santa Lucia fir stands are best developed on fire-protected sites (Talley 1974). Keeler-Wolf (1990e) qualitatively describes stands at Limekiln RNA and adjacent S uth Fork of Devil's Canyon RNA (now part of the Cone Peak Gradient RNA) in Monterey Co. m-CenCo. Santa Lucia fir is rare (a CNPS List 4 plant) (Skinner & Pavlik 1994).
Plot based descriptions:Talley (1974) describes stands in the Santa Lucia Mountains in Monterey Co. m-CenCo. Borchert's analysis of Talley's plot data using TWINSPAN yielded two associations for this series [ see also Canyon live oak series, White alder series]. This analysis is on file at NDDB.
Series Association:par NDDB: Santa Lucia fir/Santa Lucia bedstraw association, Santa Lucia fir/sword fern association.
FormationMixed needle-leafed evergreen-cold deciduous forest
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Santa Lucia fir series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Santa Lucia fir series
Common species: View common species for: Santa Lucia fir series

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