Grasslands chaparrel

Climate of the Chaparral Biome

Average of 10-17 inches of rain all year which mostly comes in the winter.

Average temperature of 30 degrees fahrenheit.

Four seasons- Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall

Net Primary Productivity

Chaparral regions are normally found from 30-50 degrees North 40 degrees South latitude. Mid-latitude climate and lie in a belt of prevailing westerly winds. This is why they tend to be on the west sides of continents. The harsh weather patterns make it hard for most plants and animals to flourish hence why there is less variety in species.

Soil Quality

The soil in the chaparral isn't high in nutrients leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion. Only certain plants can survive and tend to take over do to the lack of competition and tough conditions.

Invasive and Endangered

California Condor

The California Condor is going extinct due to many reasons including the destruction of their habitats and the common accident of flying into power lines or being shot. The Condor's main role is to eliminate the animal carcasses which keeps the ecosystem running, without them there is a huge build up crisis in this biom's food web.

Spanish Broom- Invasive Species

The Spanish Broom was originally introduced as a highway plant in California but soon took over this biome creating heavy competition for nutrients and water. This plant is also a huge fire hazard and can easily cause forest fires which are very common in this biome.

Animals of the Chaparral

Lynx

Lynx's are very successful predators in this biome due to their ability to hide behind the biome's scattered brush and trees to sneak up on their prey.

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

These are very common who rely on shrubs in the Chaparral for food and shelter. They also have a shorter proboscises so they've adapted to finding nectar from short flat flowers that are often found in this biome.

Timema Californicum

Stick bugs like the Timema Californicum rely very heavily on the vegetation of the Chaparral biome. These bugs are a light green color and are also very short in length which helps them blend in with the vegetation and stay hidden from predators.

Plants in the Chaparral

Quercus Ilicifolia

This plant is very common due to its hard leaves which hold in moisture for long periods of time. This plant has the upper hand over most other plants due to its roots which are shallow and wide so they absorb all the rainwater before it can sink down to the other plants' roots.

Agrostis Pallens

Grows in full sun which is helpful because there isn't much shaded areas in this biome. This plant also referred to as "Bent Grass" houses many insects which help distribute the flowers' pollen.

Amorpha

This plant is very common in the Chaparral due to its hardiness and strength. It has a very unusual smell which repels animals from eating its leaves and flowers.

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