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The Baja peninsula supports three
vegetative regions as shown on the map below.
CALIFORNIA REGION -- Vegetation in this
region (shown in green) is similar to that found in the southeastern portions of
California in the United States. It consists of densely growing shrubs, commonly referred
to as chaparral. At higher elevations (lighter green) are coniferous forests.
SONORAN DESERT REGION -- This dry "true
desert" (shown in blue) supports some of the finest and most scenic desert plants in
the world. That area of the region in the northeastern portion of the peninsula (lighter
blue) is the San Felipe Desert. Conditions are especially dry here, and the vegetation is
more sparce and less attractive.
THE CAPE REGION -- This area (shown in red) also supports desert
plants but they are more densely packed as the area receives too much rainfall to be a
The Magnificent Peninsula
guidebook contains a full chapter on vegetation with black and white photos of some of the
larger most attractive plants. The
California Plant Field Guide is an outstanding publication containing descriptions
of 550 plant species with 275 brilliant color photos.