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The Community of Plants: The plant communities dictate what species of insects, reptiles/amphibians, mammals, birds, fishes and parasites that can survive on each slope aspect. Soil type, soil depth, slope aspect and elevation all determine what plants flourish and grow on any one site. In this episode we move from the soils and and into the plant communities that those soils can host including many beautiful wildflowers and several species of stunning orchids.