Mediterranean acacia-argania dry woodlands and succulent thickets

WWF Abstract

There aren’t many plant species that can grow in the hot and dry conditions along the coast of Morocco and in the Algerian North Sahara, and the ones that do survive demonstrate a high degree of adaptation. The argan tree, for example, is able to retreat into a state of dormancy during times of drought. Inland from the coast, the argan forests merge with stands of Euphorbia, succulent plants that resemble cacti. These take in as much water as possible when it rains and then store it for future use. And barbary acacias belong to a group of hardy, drought-resistant trees that are found all over the world in hot, arid areas from Australia to Africa. The portion of this ecoregion on the Canary Islands contains many endemic plants and animals.
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Ecozone:Palearctic
Biome:Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Countries:Morocco, Spain
Area:24,831,998 acres (10,049,153 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Betancuria
Jandía
La Geria
La Playa del Matorral
Llanos de La Corona y Tegala Grande
Llanos de La Mareta y cantil del Rubicón
Llanos y cuchillos de Antigua
Los Ajaches
Salinas de Janubio
Souss-Massa National Park
Vallebrón y valles de Fimapaire y Fenimoy
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder