Desert fires fueled by exotic grasses like the omnipresent red brome (Bromus rubens) can be intense and cause widespread mortality of native vegetation. Native desert scrub communities such as those dominated by blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) do not readily reestablish after fire (Abella 2009) and may even become more abundant in the post-burn landscape initiating a fire cycle that occurs at a greater frequency than the recovery time of the long-lived desert perennial community.
Blackbrush – Effect of fire on; Bromus rubens; California – Mojave Desert; Coleogyne ramosissima; Desert plants; Endemic plants; Invasive plants; Revegetation; Southwest; New; Wildfires
Desert Ecology | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Sciences | Other Environmental Sciences | Plant Sciences | Weed Science
Abella, S. R.,
Engel, E. C.
Trying to beat the brome: Understanding establishment thresholds and choosing competitive native species at Parashant National Monument.
Mojave Applied Ecology Notes, 3(4),