Cuban Cactus Scrub Flora Associations
The Cuban Cactus Scrub ecoregion is a semi-arid region of the Caribbean Basin lying in the rainshadow of upwind mountains; this ecoregion supports a thorny cactus scrub. The most characteristic and abundant flora species of the Cuban Cactus Scrub correspond to the xeromorphous coastal and subcoastal scrubland with abundant cacti succulents, also called coastal manigua. Cactus associate species to Harrisia taetra include: H. eriophora, Opuntia triacantha, O. dillenii, Pilosocereus robinii and Dendrocereus nudiflorus. Characteristic evergreen shrubs and small trees found in this ecoregion include: Bourreria virgata, Capparis cynophallophora, Eugenia buxifolia, Bursera glauca and B. cubana.
- C.Michael Hogan. 2011. Cactus. Topic ed. Arthur Dawson. Ed.-in-chief Cutler J.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC http://www.eoearth.org/article/Cactus?topic=49480