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Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees
Desert Institute

Categorized as: Nature & Outdoors
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The signature plant species of Joshua Tree National Park is one of those living things that raises questions in visitors’ minds just by existing. How old do Joshua Trees get? What makes them flower? Why are they called that? What wild animals use them? And perhaps most of all: why on earth do they look the way they do?

This class will cover some of the surprising things we have learned about Joshua trees in the last few years, as well as quite a few mysteries they still offer. We’ll look at the trees’ evolution, their biological functions, and the role they play in the Mojave Desert ecosystem. We’ll discover some of the history of the trees’ interactions with humans, including the truth about how they got their name.

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