The Chaparral Biome is a hilly landscape with pockets of exposed stone, small shrubs, and bushes.
Chaparral is a relatively flat biome (like vanilla plain or forest). It is covered by a very scattered little trees (trunks being no taller than 2 blocks), grass, medium-sized grass, short grass, bushes, few yellow flowers and several patches of rock. The grass (block) color makes the biome look not dry, but shows that it is drier than plains or forests.
Villages can spawn in this biome.
Trees growing naturally have three different forms:
- A tiny tree with one oak log block in the ground and one leaves block on surface
- A little tree with two logs with five leaves block around the upper log block
- A big bush-like tree with one log block but has a foliage similar to normal trees in diameter, but remains very small.
Surivial in this biome can be harder than it may look. If a player decides to make this biome his home, he or she will find plenty of food thanks to the large amount of grass, but he or she will be limited in wood. Due to small trees' size, one will need more time to get lot of wood, and the small amount of leaves make saplings drop less often. Consequently, a player will have to start farming trees to be able to survive in this biome properly.
Villages can also provide food, and a possible resource of wood, though if a player chooses to take villagers' wood, it won't be renewable and can make the game think that villagers' houses are destroyed.
Patches of rock won't affect gameplay.
- In real life, Chaparrals are found primarily in California (USA) and the Baja Peninsula. They consist of a shrubland or heathland that has been shaped by a climate of mild, wet winters and hot dry summers with infrequent wildfires. It is a dry land, consisting of hardy drought-tolerant plants and shrubs. The chaparral closely parallels several other Mediterranean climate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean Basin (where it is known as Maquis), central Chile (where it is called Matorral), South African Cape Region (known there as Fynbos), and in Western and Southern Australia (as a Kwongan). Thus, the in-game Chaparral biome reflects relatively well real life chaparrals, though in real life the shrubs and trees often larger are than in-game.
- In older versions of Biomes O' Plenty, the biome appeared drier than the current version. The ID was 32.
- Chaparral comes from the Spanish word "chaparro" which means small or dwarf evergreen oak. It refers to the scrub oaks and means s which is a scrub-like oak in garrigues and maquis, two other Mediterranean forests in Mediterranea Basin.