Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park
Favorite thing: Joshua tree is Yucca brevifolia. Besides the common name of Joshua tree, it is also called Yucca draconis or Yucca arborescens. It grows only in the Mojave Desert (southwestern region of North America) : southwestern Utah, southern California, western Arizona and southern Nevada.
Favorite thing: Joshua Trees were given this name by Mormon settlers who felt that upon their arrival, Joshua welcomed them, with its raised arms. The Joshua Trees have indeed an odd look and are really amazing for those who have never seen them ! This gives to the Park a truly remarkable sight and a landscape of its own.
Favorite thing: Joshua tree is not an actual tree and has no wood. It belongs to the Lilly family. On this picture, in early spring, a Joshua tree has flower cluster but they are not yet in full bloom. The flower clusters are alike those of the Mojave Yucca (see following tips and photos)
Favorite thing: The older the Joshua tree, the more variegated branching it will have. The typical Joshua tree has raised branches but when it gets older, as it has no wood but only fibers, the branches tend o bend towards the soil. The oldest Joshua trees look exhausted of having for so long raised arms !
Favorite thing: This picture was taken in the early evening, at sunset, and shows the silhouette of a Joshua tree with in the background two ranges of high mountains that might be the Santa Rosa mountains but I am not absolutely sure of their identification.
Favorite thing: This is the particular tree that has given the park its name. It's a tree that you will find everywhere in the Mojave Desert, but also in other places, like in the Sonoran Desert in western Arizona or mixed with pines in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Favorite thing: Joshua tree exhibits live dagger-like leaves. When these leaves die, they dry. The lower part remains attached to the stem of the plant and forms a rough cover around the trunk which protects Joshua tree in case of bush fires.
Fondest memory: So here they are at last - the Joshua Trees.The name 'Joshua Tree' was given by Mormons in the 1850s, who saw the craggy branches of the trees as the arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. The trees (a kind of a yucca, actually) can grow up to 40 feet in height.
Fondest memory: Here's a Joshua Tree. It might look like a cactus to some because of the sharp needles, but it's really a tree.