The Joshua Tree for which the park is named.
It is not a tree at all but a yucca. The blossom of the yucca is a beautiful and substantial flower.
In spring the desert can bloom with an incredible variety of flowers. These pictures were taken in March, 2008. It wasn't a particularly good year. I'm wondering what this year will be like.
Here a delicate flower (brittlebush?) nestles with the prickley teddy bear cholla.
There is beauty in the bark and tiny green leaves of the ocotillo.
If I go again this year I had better bring my books with me so I can identify all these flowers. If you're interested in finding where to see California wildflowers and identifying them, I have found a great website. Michael Charters has posted dates, pictures, and names of flowers from his many field trips in Southern California. It should be a great help in planning trips and identifying plants.
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