Mojave Yucca

Desert plants truly fascinate me. Parched and a little “off color” they have managed to adapt to the hot sun and arid land. With rainfall only reaching an average of six inches per year, these yuccas withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees every summer and only grow one centimeter a year. This xeric plant can live for hundreds of years.

The New Scientist has reported that the above rhizomatic cluster of Mojave Yucca is over 12,000 years old. Wish I had known this beforehand–guess I’ll have to make another visit. So fascinating, huh?

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~


9 thoughts on “Mojave Yucca

  1. Mother nature always finds a way!

    I love the juxtaposition of the green against the harsh, arid earth. Very cool!

  2. That is a lovely quotation.
    These plants, like coral like long slow lives and are so vulnerable to being destroyed.

    • Sarah, I read that the ever-changing weather and people (geesh) threaten the yuccas. Yeah, they are vulnerable. I noticed areas in the park where all-terrain vehicles are allowed to ride. Hope their space on which they ride is minimal.

  3. Wow, that is amazing. Just goes to show the resilience of nature, it’s truly amazing. Great too 🙂

  4. The desert plants fascinate me, too. People think the desert is a barren landscape of sand but it’s so beautiful!

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