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Joshua tree in Mohave National Preserve

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Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in California. According to the National Park Service, Morman settlers named the Joshua tree after the biblical figure. It appeared to them as if it were raising its branches in supplication. Other travelers, such as explorer John Fremont, described it as "repulsive." Both revered and disdained, it has become a symbol of the desert and provides habitat for animals that range from the Scott's Oriole to the Northern flicker. It grows in elevations that range from 3,000-7,000 feet with an average life span of 150 years. As protection from predation, Joshua Trees often germinate under nurse plants until the age of four. Once their spiny limbs develop, they eventually over take the nurse plant.

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Color Black & White
Keywords America, California, Carol Highsmith, Desert, Mojave Desert
State CA
Country USA
Credit The Library of Congress, Carol M. Highsmith Archive/King Rose Archives / GIW Photos
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