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FIRE ECOLOGY

SPECIES: Ribes velutinum | Desert Gooseberry
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Severe fire that consumes the entire organic mantle probably kills desert gooseberry and may destroy soil-stored seeds [12]. Desert gooseberry survives some fires by sprouting from the root crown [10,31,32]. Desert gooseberry is probably favored by low- to moderate-severity fire because germination of soil-stored seed is generally enhanced by scarification in Ribes spp. [3,12,19,20]. In pinyon-juniper woodlands, where desert gooseberry often occurs, wildfire was a major force in maintaining understory species during presettlement times. Wildfires occurred every 10 to 90 years [36]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Small shrub, adventitious-bud root crown Ground residual colonizer (on-site, initial community)

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