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Joshua Tree


Yucca brevifolia
Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: Southwestern North America

Among the desert's oldest living plants


According to one legend, early Mormon settlers, while passing thru the Mojave Desert, spotted this plant and called it “Joshua Tree”, after the biblical figure Joshua, with his arms uplifted in prayer and directing them west. This slow-growing, evergreen tree-like plant can grow to 40 feet and live for 150 to 300 years or more. A few are estimated at 500 to 1000 years old. It produces clusters of creamy-white flowers which are pollinated by the Yucca moth. Native American’s utilized the leaf fibers, consumed flower buds and seeds and used its wood in construction.


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