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FIRE ECOLOGY

SPECIES: Sarcobatus vermiculatus | Black Greasewood
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Black greasewood is generally only slightly harmed or undamaged by fire [65]. It resprouts readily following fire and can also reestablish a site through abundant, light, wind-dispersed seed [11,65]. Many black greasewood communities have insufficient fine fuels to carry a fire and burn infrequently [7,17,65]. Vegetation between the widely dispersed black greasewood plants may be sparse and many communities are characterized by a large amount of bare soil. However, communities which have considerable amounts of cheatgrass or which have been seeded with crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) exhibit higher fire frequencies [N. Shaw, pers. comm. 1990]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Tall shrub, adventitious-bud root crown Initial-offsite colonizer (off-site, initial community)

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