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Wait-a-minute occurs in many vegetation types, generally as scattered
plants intermixed with numerous other shrubs.  It is occasionally the
most abundant shrub.  In low elevation desert grassland and shrub-steppe
types, wait-a-minute is often associated with other shrubby species,
including mesquites (Prosopis spp.), redberry juniper, oneseed juniper
(Juniperus monosperma), allthorn (Koeberlimia spinosa), catclaw acacia
(Acacia greggii), larchleaf goldenweed (Haplopappus laricifolius),
smooth sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum), Wheeler sotol (D. wheeleri),
lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), and goldeneye (Viguiera stenoloba)
[11,25,36,37].  Wait-a-minute is a common plant in the lower elevations
of Arizona chaparral.  Catclaw acacia and wait-a-minute sometimes
become abundant on drier, rockier, more open sites in Arizona chaparral
[30].  Wait-a-minute occurs as scattered individuals in oak, oak-pine,
and evergreen woodlands with an overstory made up of one or more of the
following trees: gray oak (Quercus grisea), Arizona white oak (Q.
arizonica), Emory oak (Q. emoryi), Mohr's oak (Q. mohriana), Mexican
pinyon (Pinus cembroides), pinyon pine (P. edulis), and alligator
juniper (Juniperus deppeana) [12,17,29,40].  Associated shrubs in
woodlands include fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica), skunkbush sumac (R.
trilobata), beargrass (Nolina microcarpa, N. erumperus), birchleaf
mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), Wright silktassel (Garrya
wrightii), yerba-de-pasmo (Baccharis pteronoides), and desert broom
(Baccharis sarothroides) [12,29,40].

Published classification schemes listing wait-a-minute as a indicator
or dominant are listed below:

Vegetation of the Organ Mountains, New Mexico [12]
Woodland communities and soils of Fort Bayard, southwestern New Mexico [29]


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