High desert scrub

Title Info
Common name Creosote; Mesquite
Scientific name Larrea tridentata; Prosopis
Taxonomic group Zygophyllaceae; Fabaceae
Level Genus
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Deserts
Keywords Leguminosae
Date September 27, 2000
Location near Sierra Vista,Arizona,USA,North America

High desert scrub, southeastern Arizona. This desert scrub habitat exists in the lowlands between the "Sky Island" mountain ranges. The plants and animals that live here must be adapted to long periods of drought, as well as temperatures that vary widely throughout the year. The creosote bush has small resinous leaves that help it retain moisture.