Size decline in <i>Larrea tridentata</i> (creosotebush)

TitleSize decline in Larrea tridentata (creosotebush)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsMiller RE, Huenneke L.
JournalThe Southwestern Naturalist
Date Published1996
Call Number00678
Keywordsarticle, articles, journal, journals, Larrea, population dynamics, plant, Larrea, plant, population dynamics, population dynamics, Larrea
AbstractThis study documents a dramatic decline in size of individuals within a Larrea tridentata population in southern New Mexico over a decade long period. It is most likely that the decline in size represents individual plants shrinking in size resulting from the death of shoot systems, especially the larger branches within these multi-stemmed shrubs. We suggest that the decline in size observed in our study area may be the intial stages of a more widespread phenomenon, driven by the desertification process taht accompanies the conversion of grasslands into shrublands.