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SPECIES: Chilopsis linearis | Desert Willow
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Most fires probably top-kill desert willow. In southern California, a July wildfire in a chaparral-desert ecotone resulted in nearly all desert willow plants being charred and defoliated, but less than 10 percent of the plants were killed [41]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Following top-kill by fire, desert willow survives by producing numerous root crown sprouts. Following a July wildfire in southern California, more than 90 percent of desert willow plants survived [41]. These residual plants started sprouting within 2 months after the fire. Plants developed a multistemmed growth form and averaged 171 sprouts per plant 10 months after this fire. Sprout growth is summarized below [41]: Average # Average length of Ave. productivity sprouts/plant unbrowsed sprouts per plant in grams (inches) (cm) (oven dry weight) 2 months after fire (Sept) 16 2.2 5.5 2 4 months after fire (Nov) 21 10.7 27.1 40 7 months after fire (Feb) 48 18.7 47.6 132 10 months after fire (June) 171 19.4 49.3 892 DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : NO-ENTRY FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY

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