Giant reed series
Section: herb Series Dominated by Herbaceous Plants
Series formation: 
Series height:<8 m
Series canopy cover:c
Series ground layer:?
Elevation range (lower):0
(upper):   500
Wetland information:Wetlands:habitat permanently saturated with shallow water table. Water chemistry: fresh. Cowardin class: Palustrine persistent emergent freshwater wetland. The national list of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists giant reed as a FACW.
Upland information: [not available]
Reference:: Reiger & Kreager (1989).
Comments:Giant reed, a very invasive grass, was introduced into CA in the 1880s. This species establishes and persists in riparian areas, and reduces or replaces native species. Today in many locations giant reed forms dense monocultures. The treatment here of this series is broad to recognize the importance of this introduced species in the vegetation of California.
Plot based descriptions:Reiger & Kreager (1989) report giant reed density, frequency, and cover for two river systems in San Diego Co. PenR.
Series Association:[not available]
FormationTemperate or sub-polar annual grassland or forb vegetation
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Giant reed series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Giant reed series
Common species: View common species for: Giant reed series

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