nCaatinga(Phytogeography) A forest composed of stunted trees and thorny bushes, found in areas of small rainfall in Brazil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ncaatingaA type of sparse, stunted woodland occupying extensive tracts, alternating with savanna, in the dry region of eastern and central Brazil. The vegetation consists of thorny bushes (chiefly Mimosaceæ), with some low trees of several families, including different bottle or barrel-trees (see bottle-tree, 2) and columnar Cactaceæ, with prickly Bromeliaceæ (herbaceous). During the dry season all is nearly or quite leafless and as if dead, but with the advent of rain it bursts into leaf and flower. Phytogeographically this belongs to the category of bush-wood. Also (by translation), light forest.