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A main characteristic separating this community from the adjacent Mojave Desert Scrub is rainfall patterns. The Sonoran Desert, also known as the “Colorado Desert”, tends to receive sub-tropical summer rainfall whereas the Mojave does not. Vast sandy flats and rocky hills challenge all plants to be incredibly water efficient. Associated Native Trees: Cercidium floridum Chilopsis linearis Prosopis glandulosa Washingtonia filifera Associated Native Plants: Agave deserti Ambrosia dumosa Encelia farinose Ferocactus cylindraceus Fouquieria splendens Larrea tridentata Opuntia species