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Big and black sagebrush landscapes

Author(s): Stanley G. Kitchen, E. Durant McArthur
Year Published: 2007

Perhaps no plant evokes a common vision of the semi-arid landscapes of western North America as do the sagebrushes. A collective term, sagebrush is applied to shrubby members of the mostly herbaceous genus, Artemisia L. More precisely, the moniker is usually restricted to members of subgenus Tridentatae, a collection of some 20 woody taxa endemic to North America (Beetle 1960; McArthur 1979; McArthur and Plummer 1978). As a group, the Tridentatae are distinguished from other members of the genus by a combination of traits including their woody habit, floral morphology, stem anatomy, plant chemistry, and chromosomal karyotype (McArthur 1979).

Citation: Kitchen, Stanley G.; McArthur, E. Durant 2007. Big and black sagebrush landscapes [Chapter 5]. In: Hood, Sharon M.; Miller, Melanie, editors. Fire ecology and management of the major ecosystems of southern Utah. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-202. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 73-95
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 15405
Record updated: Dec 21, 2017