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Title: A meadow site classification for the Sierra Nevada, California

Author: Ratliff, Raymond D.;

Date: 1982

Source: USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-60, 16 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: This report describes 14 meadow site classes derived through techniques of agglomerative cluster analysis. The class names are: Carex rostrata (beaked sedge), Poa (Kentucky bluegrass), Heleocharis/Heleocharis (ephemeral-lake), Hypericum/Polygonum/ Viola (hillside bog), Trifolium/Muhlenbergia (longstalk clover), Deschampsia/Aster (tufted hairgrass), Carex nebrascensis (Nebraska sedge), Heleocharis/Muhlenbergia (fewflowered spikerush), Muhlenbergia/Heleocharis (pullup muhly), Agrostis (bentgrass), Trifolium/Mimulus (carpet clover), Calamagrostis/Oryzopsis (shorthair), Gentiana/Aster (gentian-aster), and Carex exserta (short-hair sedge). Stepwise discriminant analysis is used to derive classification functions for quantitatively classifying new sites. A key to the classes is provided.

Keywords: Meadow, meadow site, meadow ecology, meadow management, Sierra Nevada, classification

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Ratliff, Raymond D. 1982. A meadow site classification for the Sierra Nevada, California. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-60, 16 p.


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