TONY CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia). This tree-like plant has a thick stem and branches, with a small crown of long, thin leaves. It remains dormant through periods of drought and becomes active very quickly in response to rain. Photographed at the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Mojave Desert, California, USA.
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