The foredune community is composed of low-growing perennial herbs and small shrubs that inhabit open dune areas adjacent to the beach. The plants are salt tolerant opportunists that pioneer harsh, low nutrient and frequently disturbed dune environments. Typically no single species dominates the cover in this community, but non-native iceplant has become a dominant species in many places and introduced grasses have taken over other areas as well. The foredune community is therefore greatly reduced from its historic distribution in California.
Typical Sites at the Presidio: Baker Beach and Crissy Field immediately inland of the shoreline.
Common Native Plants
Rare and Endangered Plants
Last updated: February 28, 2015