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CoCoastal Strand

Generally located directly adjacent to the sea, this plant community is shaped by the heavy influence of salt-laden sea air and mist. Plants unique to this area require well draining soils and little organic nutrients. Trees are rarely native to this plant community.


Common Plants of the Coastal Strand

Abronia maritima, Sand Verbena Encelia californica, Coast Sunflower
Achillea millefolium, Yarrow Erigeron glaucus, Seaside Daisy
Atriplex leucophylla, Beach Saltbush Eriogonum parvifolium, Cliff Buckwheat
Artemesia californica, California Sagebrush Fragaria chiloensis, Beach Strawberry
Atriplex leucophylla, Beach Salt Bush Lotus scoparius, Deerweed
Baccharis pilularis, Coyote Bush Lupinus species, Lupine
Carex pansa, California Meadow Sedge Rhus integrifolia, Lemonade Berry
Carex praegracilis, Clustered Field Sedge Salvia mellifera, Black Sage
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Pt. Reyes', Point Reyes Creeper Tanacetum camphoratum, Camphor Dune Tansy
Coreopsis gigantea, Giant Coreopsis




Note: The above lists note some species found in coastal strand communities locatated throughout the state. A combination of these plants, not necessarily all, will constitute the dominant plant material in this specific plant community. This information is intended to be a primer on the plant communites in California.  View this article for information on references and further reading. 


Designates plant occurs in Riparian area.


Plant Communitiy Photos

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