Central Mexican matorral

WWF Abstract

This matorral lies in the southernmost section of the central Mexican mesa, flanked by the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains in the east, the Sierra Madre Occidentals in the west, and the Trans-volcanic Belt in the south. The desert hills seldom reach above 6,500 feet (2,000 m). The scrub grows in a hot, dry climate with precipitation much less than 20 inches (50 cm) per year. Plant species vary with the soil conditions, temperature, and exposure in valleys. On the moderate slopes and rocky terrain of Hidalgo, lechuguilla, Hechtia podantha, Mammillaria cacti,and Crow's claw cacti can be found. At higher elevations, the Opuntia cacti scrub dominates.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Mexico
Area:14,655,998 acres (5,931,072 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER