Central Andean dry puna

WWF Abstract

These high-elevation grasslands, called dry puna, can go without rain for up to 8 months out of the year and receive less than 16 inches (400 mm) of precipitation each year. The extremely dry montane landscape is dominated by tussock grassland and interspersed with small acidic wetlands, areas of barren dirt, and rocky outcroppings. Found roughly between the tree line and the snow line, and extending through western Bolivia, northern Chile, and Argentina, this ecoregion hosts a number of plant and animal high-altitude specialists.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Countries:Argentina, Bolivia, Chile
Area:75,967,998 acres (30,743,158 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

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