Apacherian-Chihuahuan Mesquite Upland Scrub

These upland mesquite shrublands are common in foothills and plains in the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. Besides honey or velvet mesquite, other common shrubs are viscid acacia, mescat wattle, and junipers. Creosotebush is absent or has low cover. Grass are usually sparse. During the last century, this shrubland has greatly expanded its range, converting large area of desert grasslands to mesquite desert scrub as a result of drought, overgrazing by livestock, and/or decreases in fire frequency. For more information, see NatureServe Explorer.

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