Yucca plants growing in the desert sand

Yucca plants growing in the desert sand

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Caption: Desert vegetation. Yucca plants, Yucca sp., growing in the desert sand. Yucca plants can grow at up to 30 centimetres a year to keep their leaves above the shifting sands of the desert, eventually reaching a height of between 2 and 9 metres. Yuccas are stiff-leaved, evergreen shrubs and trees which are native to the Americas. The roots of some species yield a fatty substance used in some countries as a soap. The fibrous leaves of some species are used to make rope or as a padding material in cushions. Photographed at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, United States of America. The yucca flower is used as a symbol for New Mexico.

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Keywords: desert, desert landscape, desert plant, environment, geography, sand dune, vegetation, white sands national monument, yucca, yucca sp.

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