Cuban Cactus Scrub Flora Associations
The Cuban Cactus Scrub ecoregion is a semi-arid region lying in the rainshadow of upwind mountains of the Caribbean Basin; the vegetation of this ecoregion is chiefly a thorny cactus scrub. The most characteristic and abundant flora species correspond to the xeromorphous coastal and subcoastal scrubland with abundant cacti succulents, also called coastal manigua. Associate evergreen shrubs and small trees to Capparis cynophallophora include: Bourreria virgata, Eugenia buxifolia, Bursera glauca and B. cubana. Cactus associate species include: Opuntia dillenii, O. triacantha, Harrisia eriophora, H. taetra, Dendrocereus nudiflorus and Pilosocereus robinii.
- 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