Plant Guide : Vegetation Type : Grassland


Grasslands are dominated by grasses and herbaceous plants with few or no shrubs or trees. Many of California's original grasslands have been eliminated by development. In other areas, the native, perennial grasses have been displaced by non-native annual grasses.

In the Reserve grass-dominated areas are found in openings of the sage scrub and chaparral, and in areas formerly used for agriculture, such as Stonebridge Mesa and the area below the Santa Carina trailhead.  Most of these grassy areas support only non-native species, but recent revegetation projects are attempting to introduce, or re-introduce some of our native species.