thorn forest

thorn forest

[′thȯrn ′fär·əst]
(ecology)
A type of forest formation, mostly tropical and subtropical, intermediate between desert and steppe; dominated by small trees and shrubs, many armed with thorns and spines; leaves are absent, succulent, or deciduous during long dry periods, which may also be cool; an example is the caatinga of northeastern Brazil.
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The Western Ghats of southern India are characterised by altitudinal and precipitation gradients within relatively short distances in the order of tens of kilometres, giving rise to diverse vegetation types from tropical dry thorn forest at the driest ends of the gradient through tropical dry and moist deciduous forests to tropical semi-evergreen and evergreen forests in the wettest regions, and tropical montane stunted forest and grassland at high elevations (Pascal 1988; Ganesh et al.
It has mixture of sub-tropical semi-evergreen and tropical thorn forest and has wetlands, torrents, farm lands and hills, due to which good diversity of wild animals exist here (Chaudhry et al.
Sub-tropical Dry Evergreen Forests:These are the scrub forest of small-leaved evergreen trees and shrubs including thorny species; the latter becomes more prevalent on hot dry exposures and form a transition to northern thorn forest.
The refuge is mainly thorn forest, riparian forest, and open wetlands (Carter, 1986), with surrounding agricultural land mainly in sorghum, cotton, and winter vegetables.
The present study was conducted to compare the insect diversity of old groves and newly rehabilitated stands of thorn forest community at Harappa archaeological site.
The route itself is a mix of dry and wet deciduous and montane rainforest, with habitat ranging from scrub and thorn forest to high-elevation.
The ocelot is particularly dependent on one of the area's native habitats: Tamaulipan thorn forest.
25C in dry tropical Thorn forest (Chhhor Sindh) during 1961-2000.
Savannas: At subtropical latitudes, there is some seasonality, 80 to 160 cm annual precipitation, perennial grasslands with scattered deciduous trees, maintained by periodic burning; the driest savanna areas are called thorn forest.
After 2004, WNV activity was detected in all 5 sampling locations and in a variety of ecosystems: Cordoba, periurban thorn forest (1.
Other landscape elements, including pastureland, cultivated fields, and thorn forest (mainly Acacia spp.
thorn forest (in which the small-leaved thorny shrub Acacia tortuosa (L.