What adaptations does the coyote brush possess that it survive in the chaparral biome?

Coyote brush is a glabrous, sticky, common, shrub that grows in Oregon, California, and Baja California. The adaptations that the coyote brush possess that helps it to survive in the chaparral biome are; (i) its ability to take on a different shape or growth pattern based on its environment, (ii) its large root system, and (iii) its fire resistant leaves. The stems of the shrub are able to erect any branches spreading or ascending based on its habitat. When the shrub is affected by winds or salt spray, it grows low on the ground and spreads on ridges and plains.

Coyote brush is a wiry and woody perennial evergreen that looks like a bush. One of the tricks Coyote brush uses is to take on a different shape depending on where it lives. Shaped by salt spray and winds, it hugs low to the ground and forms a ground cover on dunes, ridges and plains. In protected places, like moist canyons and northwest slopes, it grows into tall, erect to mounded shrubs. Here you go! Good luck!

Small, uneven, fire resistant and unpleasant tasting leaves.


The chaparral biome has hot temperatures, droughts, high winds, and wildfires and thus the plants present in this biome need to have characteristics that will help them to survive these conditions.

The coyote brush has the following adaptations :

1. Small, uneven shaped leaves covered with a waxy coating to holds water during droughts.

2. The leaves are fire resistant as they have a chemical makeup which reduces their flammability.

3. The leaves have an unpleasant taste to keep animals away.

This isn’t multiply choice right? I believe it’s “they stay low to the ground”
Hope that helps

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