Saguaro Distribution under Nurse Plants in Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Directional and Microclimate Influences*

@article{Drezner2003SaguaroDU,
  title={Saguaro Distribution under Nurse Plants in Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Directional and Microclimate Influences*},
  author={Taly D. Drezner and Colleen M. Garrity},
  journal={The Professional Geographer},
  year={2003},
  volume={55},
  pages={505 - 512}
}
  • Taly D. Drezner, Colleen M. Garrity
  • Published 2003
  • Geography
  • The Professional Geographer
  • Abstract The saguaro cactus, an icon of the American southwestern desert, defines the extent of the Sonoran Desert through portions of its range. Saguaros rely upon nurse plants for establishment and survival in the harsh temperature and moisture regime of the desert. Freezing temperatures limit the range of the saguaro to the north in Arizona. However, nurse plants extend the range of saguaros by providing more moderate conditions beneath their canopies. This study focuses on precisely these… CONTINUE READING
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