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A sparse, stunted forest in areas of little rainfall in northeastern Brazil; trees are leafless in the dry season.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a tropical deciduous vegetation growing sparselyin the forests of northeastern Brazil. The constant arid conditions, interrupted by short rains, favor mainly the growth ofscrubs, medium-height trees, and shrubs. The caatinga is charac-terized by bottle trees, thorny trees, and leaf succulents (sunspurges and cacti) and cauline succulents.

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Para testar essas previsoes, foram selecionadas duas especies de Leguminosae: Mimosa caesalpiniifolia Benth e Bauhinia cheilantha (Bongard) Steud que coocorrem com altas densidades em areas de Caatinga do estado do Ceara (COSTA; ARAUJO, 2012).
Reproductive patterns of bats from caatingas and cerrado biomes in northeast Brazil.
In Brazil, Senna is represented by approximately 80 species of which 27 are endemic and 50 species are reported from Bahia (Flora do Brasil 2020 em construcao), with 22 species recorded from the Caatinga (Queiroz, 2009).
A fase de semiaridez agressiva contribuiu para a atuacao da morfogenese mecanica sobre o relevo, esbocando a configuracao das amplas rampas de pedimentacao concomitante a retracao das florestas tropicais para os refugios ecologicos, a medida que as caatingas ralas expandiam-se pelas depressoes intermontanas favorecendo a remocao dos solos desprotegidos face aos efeitos das chuvas torrenciais.
Neste sentido, objetivouse prospectar especies da flora nativa do Bioma Caatinga ocorrentes no Vale do Submedio Sao Francisco que apresentem elementos esteticos apropriados para uso no paisagismo.
In general, inselbergs and crystalline caatingas were the habitats where non woody assemblages showed the largest proportional richness while in sedimentary habitats or transitional sites between the crystalline and the sedimentary woody plants tended to contribute more to the total reported richness (Table 4; Fig.
Figueiredo Gomes, "O gradiente vegetacional das caatingas e areas anexas," Revista Brasileira de Botanica, vol.
Each of these qualities pervades the representative fragments, the first of which appears at the start of "As Caatingas." It reads:
We tested our hypothesis that belowground competition would have a significant effect on juvenile tree performance on nutrient-poor soils with root-trenching experiments in the Amazonian caatinga, an oligotrophic forest type that is widespread in Amazonia.