Immediate Effect of Fire
all brittle bush plants in a coastal sage scrub community were
top-killed or killed by a June 1981 fire . Following a fast-moving,
low-severity fire in creosotebush scrub, brittle bush plants were mostly
scorched. Only leaves and branches near the ground burned, leaving
foliage on ultimate stems. However, brittle bush suffered 93 percent
mortality . A hot summer fire in Sonora, Mexico, killed 32 percent
of mature brittle bush plants and 60 percent of seedlings. Burning in 2
consecutive years killed 70 percent of mature plants and 90 percent of
seedlings. The remaining plants were injured and had not recovered
after 3 years .
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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. 
- 53. Ibarra, Fernando A.; Martin, Martha H.; Torres, L. Ricardo; [and others]
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