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FIRE ECOLOGY

SPECIES: Salix myrtillifolia | Blueberry Willow
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Information on blueberry willow's ability to sprout following fire is lacking. It is assumed that following top-kill by fire, this willow sprouts from the root crown like most other species of willow. Viereck and Schandelmeier [27] reported that even old, decadent willows produce sprouts prolifically immediately after fire. The sprouting ability of willows is apparently more vigorous and prolific than birches or alders [27]. Blueberry willow's abundant, wind-dispersed seeds are important in colonizing recently burned sites. The seed is dispersed in the summer and remains viable for only about 1 week; thus the season of a fire often determines if blueberry willow can establish during the first or subsequent postfire years [27]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : survivor species; on-site surviving root crown or caudex off-site colonizer; seed carried by wind; postfire years 1 and 2 off-site colonizer; seed carried by animals or water; postfire yr 1&2

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