Ironwood: An Ecological and Cultural Keystone of the Sonoran Desert

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This volume presents the findings of four studies of the ironwood tree found in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Topics include perennial plants that depend on the shade of the ironwood for their survival, variation in the diversity and abundance of plant life under ironwood trees and elsewhere in the desert, the relationship between ironwood and a threatened species of cactus, and the harm done to ironwood trees by logging, the tourist trade, and misguided...

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Overview

This volume presents the findings of four studies of the ironwood tree found in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Topics include perennial plants that depend on the shade of the ironwood for their survival, variation in the diversity and abundance of plant life under ironwood trees and elsewhere in the desert, the relationship between ironwood and a threatened species of cactus, and the harm done to ironwood trees by logging, the tourist trade, and misguided conservation efforts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Islands of diversity: Ironwood ecology and the richness of perennials in a Sonoran Desert biological reserve 9
The influences of ironwood as a habitat modifier species: A case study on the Sonoran Desert coast of the Sea of Cortez 29
Boundary effects on endangered cacti and their nurse plants in and near a Sonoran Desert biosphere reserve 55
Ironwood and art: Lessons in cultural ecology 69
Plant Names List 87
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