Joshua tree

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Joshua tree.
Yucca brevifolia woodland


Apparently from the resemblance of the tree to Joshua holding out his spear.[1]


Joshua tree (plural Joshua trees)

  1. (botany) A yucca, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern United States, with spiky leaves.
    • 1995, Raymond L. Franson, Health of Plants Salvaged for Revegetation at the Mojave Desert Gold Mine: Year Two, Bruce A. Roundy, E. Durant McArthur, Jennifer S. Hayley, David K. Mann (editors), Proceedings: Wild Land Shrub and Arid Land Restoration Symposium, page 78,
      Joshua trees that were salvaged by hand showed only 4% mortality in the nursery each of the first two years.
    • 2004, Matthew Jaffe, Mojave National Preserve[1], page 8:
      While the Joshua tree ranges into the Great Basm and Sonoran Deserts. it has become synonymous with the Mojave. There are two different subspecies of Joshua trees: the larger Yucca brevifolia brevifolla, which grows at Joshua Tree National Park, and the more densely branched Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana, found in the park and other areas of the eastern Mojave.
    • 2009, T. Scott Bryan, Betty Tucker-Bryan, The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park, unnumbered page,
      It is possible that all Death Valley Joshua trees are the variety Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana.




  1. ^ 1611, Bible, King James Version, Joshua 8, xvii — And the LORD said unto Joshua, stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.