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Atypical Riparian Communities:

Xeroriparian Habitats

"Dry Wetlands"?! Desert ecologists include the vegetation in washes (arroyos) as "dry riparian" habitats. Though they may carry water only a few hours a year or even less, they share most of their defining characteristics with traditional wet riparian habitats. They are chronically disturbed, unstable sites where water and nutrients are harvested and concentrated from larger areas (watersheds). Like wet rivers, washes are corridors for dispersal of plants and animals that need more water than the surrounding habitat.

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