CHAPTER I:
A HIDDEN BOTANICAL GARDEN

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AN AREA OF INCREDIBLE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY



            The Atascosa Highlands are an area of incredible biological diversity located within one of the most ecologically rich regions on the planet. Taking up less than 1% of Arizona's total landmass, the Atascosas host at least half of the state’s total bird species and approximately one-quarter of its flora, including several species which are found nowhere else in the United States. While these mountains have been inhabited for thousands of years, the last few centuries of human activity have had a profound effect on this stretch of the US-Mexico border, threatening the natural balance and driving many species to the brink of local extinction from this biological paradise.





I. Juniperus arizonica (Arizona Juniper)
II. Noccaea fendleri (Alpine Pennycress)
III. Quercus hypoleucoides (Silverleaf Oak)
IV. Lobelia laxiflora (Sierra Madre Lobelia)
V. Agave palmeri (Palmer's Agave)
VI. Carex chihuahuensis (Chihuahuan Sedge)
VII. Choisya dumosa var. Mollis (Mexican Orange)
VIII. Mimosa dysocarpa (Velvetpod Mimosa)
IX. Asclepias linaria (Pineleaf Milkweed)


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