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 (chə-mēz′) also cha·mi·so (-mē′sō)
n. pl. cha·mi·ses also cha·mi·sos
An evergreen shrub (Adenostoma fasciculatum) in the rose family, native to California and Baja California, having small needlelike leaves in fascicles and clusters of small white flowers.

[Spanish chamisa, from Galician chamiça, dry brush, firewood, from chama, flame, from Latin flamma; see flame.]
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Before the fire, the study area was dominated by 70-year-old chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) chaparral, with widely scattered dead chaparral whitethorn (Ceanothus leucodermis).
Vegetation in the area was characterized in 1980 as a mixture of chaparral and grassland (Minnich 1980); common overstory shrubs were island scrub oak (Quercus pacifica), mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), island big-pod ceanothus (Ceanothus megacarpus), and hollyleaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), and grasses were primarily exotic annual species in the genera Avena, Bromus, Hordeum, and Festuca.
Gray foxes preferred northern mixed chaparral over other habitats, followed by coastal sage scrub, coast live oak, then chamise chaparral; valley oak and grassland were underused (Table 2; Wilk's [lambda] = 0.
The full flush of that has passed, but there is still plenty of color to be seen: Mariposa lilies, Indian paintbrush, chamise, St.
6) The vegetation at Torrey Pines has been called degraded chaparral, but most experts classify it as coastal sage scrub, even though chaparral-type plants, such as chamise, grow here.
Along Bear Creek, the out-and-back Bear Gulch Loop (a mile one way) is a favorite--a moderate trek with lots of colorful spring blooms, including Indian paintbrush, shooting stars, and sweet-scented chamise.
When the researchers exposed seeds in a test: chamber to nitrogen dioxide for as little as 1 minute, the seeds sprouted at high rates that matched those of seeds exposed to actual smoke from sprigs of the common chaparral shrub called chamise.
Stable population size class distribution in mature chamise chaparral.
Chamise and manzanita in the lower elevations give way to dense arrays of pine and fir cloaking numerous ridges.
Along State Highway 58, it typically grows in hard-packed soil and away from dense grasses, either among low-growing plants or in open areas around chamise Adenostoma fasciculatum (T.
In the Angeles National Forest, the chamise brush that is monitored is dryer than normal, National Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said.
In California's Santa Ynez Mountains, the striped insects tend to be more common on a plant called chamise while the unstriped ones predominate on blue lilac.