Joshua Tree flowers
Yucca brevifolia / Agavaceae (Agave Family)
Joshua Tree National Park
March 19, 2007
These "trees" are not really trees at all, they are large yuccas. The early Mormon settlers thought they looked like the prophet Joshua raising his arms to heaven as they crossed the desert. Joshua Trees grow only in the "high" desert. The park has 2 deserts, the higher Mojave and the lower Colorado. Each desert has its own unique plants.