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Research and Conservation in Southern Sonora, Mexico

Sonoran Coastal Thornscrub Gallery

 


Coastal thornscrub near Camahuiroa, Sonora. Characteristic plants include organ pipe cactus/pitahaya (Stenocereus thurberi), tree ocotillo (Fouquieria macdougalii), and ashy limberbush/sangrengado (Jatropha cinerea), and wolfberry ( Lycium sp.). Photos: T.R. Van Devender
This amazingly dense pitahayal of organ pipe cacti (Stenocereus thurberi) occurs only in a local area near Las Bocas, Sonora. The Mayo Indians harvest large quantities of the delicious fruit in summer. The habitat is threatened by agricultural development. Photos: Mark Dimmitt

Coastal thornscrub at Tierra y Libertad near Navojoa, Sonora. Photo: T.R. Van Devender

Coastal thornscrub at Playa del Sol near Guaymas, Sonora. Plants include biznaga (Ferocactus emoryi), elephant tree (Bursera microphylla),Melochia tomentosa (lavender flowers), and organ pipe cactus. Photo: Mark Dimmitt