Abstract for S11


Cool Semi-Desert Scrub & Grassland
Broussailles et prairies semi-désertiques froides


Cool Semi-Desert Scrub & Grassland occurs in dry, cool-temperate climates. Vegetation is dominated by microphyllous-leaved xeromorphic shrubs and grasses. Structure consists of typically low shrubs or graminoids and varies from shrubland to very open grassland and shrub-steppe, including open rocky or sandy semi-desert vegetation. Vegetation is not as limited by substrates as by drought and fires.

Source: Faber-Langendoen, D., T. Keeler-Wolf, D. Meidinger, C. Josse, A. Weakley, D. Tart, G. Navarro, B. Hoagland, S. Ponomarenko, J.-P. Saucier, G. Fults, E. Helmer. 2014. Classification and description of world formation types. Part I (Introduction) and Part II (Description of world formations). Hierarchy Revisions Working Group, Federal Geographic Data Committee, FGDC Secretariat, U.S. Geological Survey. Reston, VA, and NatureServe, Arlington, VA.

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