Ecology of the Joshua Tree

Ecology of the Joshua Tree

Course Number: BIOL X412.5

2 units

No other plant typifies the California deserts better than the Joshua tree. This is one of only three plant species in the U.S. that has a national park named after it, Joshua Tree National Park. Not only is the Joshua tree a symbol of the California deserts, it is also the largest yucca in the U.S., the largest plant found on the open desert, and the most important nesting site for many desert birds. Class sessions emphasize the relationships Joshua trees have with their environment, particularly the plants and animals with which they are associated. Class sessions focus on current research involving this tree with illustrated lecture visits to 10 study sites established by the Palm Springs Desert Museum. Field trips visit many spectacular yucca forests including the site of the world's largest Joshua tree.


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