Shrubland (synonymous with
scrubland) is a habitat type dominated by woody shrubs. A shrub is a perennial woody plant that branches at ground level to form several stems. Shrublands form in several different biomes, and may be either a permanent habitat type, stable over time, or a transitional one, caused when another habitat type is disturbed by natural or human causes, like fire or logging. Some shrublands came about as a result of the degradation of forests through over-exploitation by humans.
Tropical and subtropical shrublands are classified with tropical and subtropical grasslands and savannas in the
Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublandsbiome.
Temperate shrublands are classified with temperate grasslands and savannas in the
Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublandsbiome.
Montane shrublands are found in mountainous regions around the world, and are classified with tropical and subtropical grasslands and savannas in the
Montane grasslands and shrublandsbiome. The Madagascar ericoid thicketsare a montane shrubland ecoregion.
Mediterranean shrublands occur in the five Mediterranean-climate regions around the world. They are known as
Chaparralin California, Matorralin Central Chile, Kwonganin Australia, and Fynbosin South Africa. Around the Mediterranean Basin, shrublands are known as "maquis", after the shrublands of Mediterranean France, but also as "matorral" in Spainand " macchia" in Italy. Mediterranean shrublands are often part of a mosaic landscape, interspersed with forests, woodlands, grassland, and scrublands. They are included in the Mediterranean forests, woobielands, and shrubbiome.
Xeric shrublands are found in
arid-climate regions, and are classified with deserts in the Deserts and xeric shrublandsbiome.
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