Vegetation in the Organ Mountains

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Organ Mountain Vegetation

The three life zones which occur in the area, the varying amount of rainfall, and the differences in topography greatly influence the number and diversity of plant and animal species in and around the mountains. Life zones are differentiated by plant and animal distributions as influenced by elevation, temperature, moisture, and exposure.

The Lower Sonoran Life Zone includes the flat or valley land, and also occurs on the slopes on the west side of the mountain up to about 5,000 feet. Dominant vegetation is creosote bush, mesquite & grama grasses.

Organ Mountain Vegetation

Barrel cactus

The Upper Sonoran Life Zone extends from near 5,000 feet to around 7,500 feet. Dominant vegetation is juniper, white thorn, cat claw and various oak species.

The Transition Life Zone ranges from around 7,500 feet to 8,500 feet on the north and east facing slopes of the Organ Mountains. Major types of vegetation are Ponderosa pine, oak, juniper and mountain mahogany.

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