Brittle bush is a good initial offsite colonizer of postfire communities
via wind dispersed seeds [7,22,26]. It also has some ability to sprout
from the root crown, which may be limited by intolerance of heat .
Brittle bush does not accumulate organic material and windblown soil
beneath its crown, as do multiple-stemmed shrubs . Recurrent fires
select for short-lived desert shrubs such as brittle bush at the expense
of long-lived species .
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- 26. Martin, Bradford D. 1984. Influence of slope aspect on postfire reproduction of Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae). Madrono. 31(3): 187-189. 
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- 49. Burk, Jack H. 1977. Sonoran Desert. In: Barbour, M. G.; Major, J., eds. Terrestrial vegetation of California. New York: John Wiley and Sons: 869-899. 
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