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Desert Grassland  [ Ecology ]
(also semi-desert grassland)

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

  Desert grassland (also called semi-desert grassland) is a biome intermediate between the true prairies grasslands and deserts. The dominant vegetation are usually bunch grasses, frequently interspersed with desert shrubs and succulents.  

Grass is the dominant life form but in comparison with prairie grassland, the grasses in desert grassland are shorter, less dense, and are more frequently mixed together with desert shrubs, cacti and succulents that may become the dominant species. Other well-represented life forms are annuals and geophytes. Desert grassland well described by its name is the most arid of the grasslands and often borders the true desert.





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