An unforgiving habitat with whipping winds and frequent salt spray stunts this habitat’s growth of vegetation, which is characterized by thick, stiff leaves and short, stocky branches. In addition to being sturdy, the thick leaves of Coastal Headlands vegetation help fend off dehydration from wind and unrelenting solar exposure. Plants growing in this habitat often take the form of “krummholz” or “tuckamore,” which refers to the twisted, dense, stunted growth habit of trees and shrubs growing in harsh, windy environments.