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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.