Joshua Tree National Park
Yuccas, Cacti, Wildflowers, Palm Oasis
April 18-21, 2008
Yucca brevifolia  Joshua Tree
The giant tree-yucca of the Mojave has a benign, protective, and joyful presence.  IIt grows with
Yucca schidigera  Mojave Yucca (foreground, top photo) and the shorter, larger-flowered Yucca baccata.


Opuntia basilaris  Beavertail Opuntia echinocarpa  Silver Cholla Opuntia ramosissima  Diamond Cholla

Coryphantha (Escobaria) vivipara  Foxtail Cactus
Small cactus with dense clusters of white spines that have
distinctive black tips.
Echinocactus polycephalus  Multihead Barrel
Medium-sized cactus with very stout spines,
found only in the Mojave desert.

Echinocereus triglochidiatus  Mojave Mound Cactus
This variable species also grows in southern Arizona grassland and oak woodland.  Plants above are typical of the park,
but plants with thin, sparse spines and plants with long, stout, twisted spines are also found..

The park has a spectacular variety of Mohave and Colorado Desert wildflowers.

Delphinium parrishii Lomatium mohavense Mentzelia involucrata Salazaria mexicana

Dudleya lanceolata  Narrow-leaved Stonecrop  A fragile succulent that grows in damp, sunny cracks in the granite tors.


Rare and precious, these wild native Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) shade a perennial spring at 49 Palms Oasis.
The wild palms are taller, healthier, and more supple than their domestic counterparts, and their shade is cooler.
Wild palm with Nolina bigelovii
at the Cottonwood Spring Oasis

Photos, text, and webpage by Lorena B. Moore.  Please do not use without permission.
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