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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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11 small sprouts; 14 [m.sup.2]) in a clearing, and a more western colony B with two big individuals with woody stems (3 [m.sup.2]) at the edge of California live oak woodland Quercus agrifolio with ceanothus Ceanothus, manzanita Manzanita and chamise Adenostoma fasciculatum. J.
Fire intensity and herbivory effects on postfire resprouting of Adenostoma fasciculatum in southern California chaparral.
Several studies have been carried out involving Quercus durata and Adenostoma fasciculatum (Narvaez et al., 2010), Rhamnus oleoides ssp.
De acuerdo con Delgadillo, las plantas de uso combustible son: el chamizo, Adenostoma fasciculatum var.
Enter the low incidence of cancer among the Hopi and Pueblo Indians of Arizona, whose basic diet was blue Indian corn, as supplemented by other foods plus the ash derived from burning green chamisa leaves (Adenostoma fasciculatum, a member of the rose family).
The chaparral community was characterized by Cercocarpus betuloides, Adenostoma fasciculatum, and Quercus wislizenii (Bowyer 1986a).
The chaparral includes protected areas and others that are grazed, and is dominated by chamiso (Adenostoma fasciculatum), manzanita (Arctostaphylos), redroot (Ceanothus) and chinquapin (Castanopsis).
Key words: Arctostaphylos; Adenostoma fasciculatum; Ceanothus; chaparral; fire disturbance intensity; Helianthemum scoparium; obligate seeder; seed germination, distribution, and mortality; seedbank; shrub canopy; soil heating; vegetation patterns.
A population model for a long lived, resprouting chaparral shrub: Adenostoma fasciculatum. Ecol.
Allelopathic effects of Adenostoma fasciculatum 'chamise,' in the California chaparral.
Before the fire, the study area was dominated by 70-year-old chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) chaparral, with widely scattered dead chaparral whitethorn (Ceanothus leucodermis).
McPherson and Muller (1969) reported that Adenostoma fasciculatum exhibited an allelopathic influence over its associated plant species.