The Aesculus Californica
is commonly known as Buckeye
, California Buckeye
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California buckeye is emdemic to California. It occurs in the the
Klamath and Coast Ranges from Siskiyou County County south to Los
Angeles County. In the Cascade Range and the foothills of the Sierra
Nevada, it occurs from from Shasta County south to Kern County.
California buckeye is occasionally found in the Central Valley in Yolo,
Colusa, and Stanislaus Counties [5
The currently accepted scientific name of California buckeye is Aesculus
californica (Spach) Nutt. [18
]. There are no recognized subspecies,
varieties, or forms.
California buckeye woodland is recognized as a distinct plant community
. The species may also codominate oak (Quercus spp.) woodland.
Interior live oak (Q. wislizenii) and blue oak (Q. douglasii) are the
most common codominants of oak woodland [1,2,3,22,23]. In chaparral, it
is sometimes a dominant shrub or tree [2,4].
The following published classification schemes list California buckeye as a
climax species or a dominant part of the vegetation in community types
(cts) or plant associations (pas):
Area Classification Authority
CA: Coast Ranges mixed oak cts Allen & others 1991
Sierra Nevada foothill woodland pas Thorne 1976
Klamath Mts. northern mixed Holland 1986
Monument Ca buckeye woodland cts Halverson & Clark
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Howard, Janet L. 1992. Aesculus californica. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.