Habitat Relationships of Some Native Perennial Grasses in Southeastern Arizona

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/609085
Title:
Habitat Relationships of Some Native Perennial Grasses in Southeastern Arizona
Author:
Bock, Jane H.; Bock, Carl E.
Affiliation:
University of Colorado, Boulder
Publisher:
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Desert Plants
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.
Collection Information:
Desert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.
Issue Date:
1986
Abstract:
Successful management and restoration of any ecosystem requires knowledge of the habitat requirements of its component species, as manifested under natural or near - natural conditions. We measured abundances of common grasses in relation to environmental variables on an undisturbed grassland and oak savannah preserve in southeastern Arizona. Major environmental gradients separating species were 1) slope angle and associated soil differences, 2) distance above wash bottoms or floodplains, and 3) slope compass orientation and amount of oak canopy. Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) was the most widespread and abundant species overall, but it reached highest densities on level lowlands, where it was dominant along with Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) and Vine Mesquite (Panicum obtusum). Sideoats Grama (B. curtipendula) was the most abundant species on steep slopes above floodplains and washes, regardless of tree canopy or slope compass orientation. Level to gently rolling uplands were dominated by Blue Grama, Plains Lovegrass (Eragrostis intermedia ), and Wolftail (Lycurus phleoides). Plains Lovegrass in particular seems to be increasing on the study area compared to adjacent grazed sites. Steep and rocky uplands were dominated by Threeawns (Aristida spp.), Curly Mesquite (Hilaria belangeri ), and Sprucetop Grama (B. chondrosioides). These species generally are characteristic of poor sites, and they were more common on grazed lands than on our study area.
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0734-3434

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dc.contributor.authorBock, Jane H.en
dc.contributor.authorBock, Carl E.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-11T21:20:58Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-11T21:20:58Zen
dc.date.issued1986en
dc.identifier.issn0734-3434en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/609085en
dc.description.abstractSuccessful management and restoration of any ecosystem requires knowledge of the habitat requirements of its component species, as manifested under natural or near - natural conditions. We measured abundances of common grasses in relation to environmental variables on an undisturbed grassland and oak savannah preserve in southeastern Arizona. Major environmental gradients separating species were 1) slope angle and associated soil differences, 2) distance above wash bottoms or floodplains, and 3) slope compass orientation and amount of oak canopy. Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) was the most widespread and abundant species overall, but it reached highest densities on level lowlands, where it was dominant along with Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) and Vine Mesquite (Panicum obtusum). Sideoats Grama (B. curtipendula) was the most abundant species on steep slopes above floodplains and washes, regardless of tree canopy or slope compass orientation. Level to gently rolling uplands were dominated by Blue Grama, Plains Lovegrass (Eragrostis intermedia ), and Wolftail (Lycurus phleoides). Plains Lovegrass in particular seems to be increasing on the study area compared to adjacent grazed sites. Steep and rocky uplands were dominated by Threeawns (Aristida spp.), Curly Mesquite (Hilaria belangeri ), and Sprucetop Grama (B. chondrosioides). These species generally are characteristic of poor sites, and they were more common on grazed lands than on our study area.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.sourceCALS Publications Archive. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.titleHabitat Relationships of Some Native Perennial Grasses in Southeastern Arizonaen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Colorado, Boulderen
dc.identifier.journalDesert Plantsen
dc.description.collectioninformationDesert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.en_US
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