Riparian Thickets

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Riparian thickets along the Camana-Arequipa River. Photo: David Samata.

Riparian Thickets

Riparian thickets occupy the banks and floodplain of streams and rivers. This habitat type is composed of shrubs, scrub, grasses, and small trees.  Riparian thickets grow in the desert areas and are bordered by no vegetation or vegetation adapted to dry conditions.

On the dry western Andes, riparian thickets are found along rivers and streams descending from the Andes. Floristic elements include Tessaria sp., Salix sp., and Gynerium sagitatum.

In coastal areas on the western Andes riparian thickets may be bordered by trees of the genus Prosopis and other legumes. This type of habitat can be called western Andean riparian forest.

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Riparian thickets may be bordered by Acacia trees and other legumes, which can be called a western Andean riparian forest. Photo: David Samata.

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Interior of riparian thickets showing Tesaria sp and Acacia sp. Photo: David Samata.

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Reference:


  • Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation. Stotz Douglas F., Fitzpatrick John W., Parker Theodore A. III, and Moskovits Debra K. University of Chicago Press, 1996.