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The vegetation of the Mojave and Colorado deserts:

Joshua Tree Woodland

Joshua tree forest in Lancaster, Antelope Valley
Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) are unique to the Mojave and are found between 2,500 and 4,500 feet elevation in areas receiving 6 to 15 inches of rainfall. Other interesting plants found among these dramatic Mojave indicators are the Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera), bladder sage (Salazaria mexicana), boxthorn (Lycium andersonii, L. cooperi), desert sage (Salvia dorrii), and many species of wild buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.). The leaves of the Joshua tree are much shorter than those of the Mojave yucca, thus the name “brevi folia”. Cima Dome is home to one of the largest intact expanses of Joshua Tree Woodland in the world.


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