Grasslands surround the Chiricahua mountains, but some species of grasses also occur at the higher elevations, growing in the understory of the pine forests. There are over 90 species of grasses in this part of Arizona - a mixture of those from the Sonoran desert, the Chihuahuan desert, and the mountain regions, as well as introduced varieties. The grasses are often intermixed with other plants, such as annual wildflowers, cacti and small perrenial shrubs, and these areas provide food and cover for many small rodents, reptiles and birds.
Did You Know?
The Chiricahua Mountains are a crossroads for plants and animals from four ecosystems; the Rocky Mountains to the north, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains to the south, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts.