Most of california south of the Northern Forest and grasslands was chapparal, in south africa with the highest density of species in the world is Fynbos, Matorral in chile, Maquis in France and Kwongan in Southwest Australia are all high diversity mediterrnean scrub lands aswell but I believe they got that way through Human intervention i.e. fire and the environments dry hot summers and cool wet winters.
Eithier way scrublands give alot more oppritunity to mix in more traditional/typical annual crops while still reaching and maintaining a climax system of species.
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posted 8 years ago
I think form follows function.. for my zone 2 gardens I envision shrubby savanna shifting to woodland on northern edges, with herbaceous systems to the south.
There is no international consensus on veg classification in the research community..particularly when it comes to relative balance of shrub vs. grass/forb layer. The words I have most commonly seen in physiognomic (structural) classification schemes are: