Drought deciduous

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Geoffroea decorticans is both cold and drought deciduous: it loses its leaves in winter as well as during particularly dry summers

Drought deciduous plants are those that drop their leaves during the dry season or periods of drought. Examples include plants of the California coastal sage scrub community, and the leeward Hawaiian dry forest tree, the wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis). This may be contrasted to deciduous plants that drop their leaves during cold periods, or evergreen plants that have green leaves year-round.[1]


  1. ^ Borchert, Rolf. 1998. Responses of Tropical Trees to Rainfall Seasonality and its Long-Term Changes. Climatic Change 39(2-3) 381-393, DOI: 10.1023/A:1005383020063 .