ECOSYSTEMS > INLAND OREGON > MEADOWS
These meadows occur close to the sea and may be isolated by surrounding mountains. As a result, they may support species not found in meadows located further inland.
Coastal meadows usually rely on sea spray as the primary source of water and are dominated by halophytes, plants which are resistant to the high levels of salt. These meadows may occur close to sea level on a coastal plain, or high above on a headland or hillside. Because only certain types of plants can live in this high-saline environment, these are referred to as “perpetual meadows” because their composition does not change much over time.