Bootstrap Sunday Scapes 30-6-13

Started Jun 30, 2013 | Photos thread
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In reply to dave gaines, Jul 2, 2013

dave gaines wrote:

Last week I posted a couple of close-up of this big Century Plant bloom. Some people know them as Yucca plants. It's also an agave, like the Mexican Agave plant. It's a member of the Lily Family, as is the Joshua Tree that grows in the desert a few dozen miles from here.

Zin sent me a link to Joshua Tree National Monument with info describing the species and family that all agave, century plants and joshua trees belong to.

"The Joshua Tree, a symbol of the Mojave Desert can live to between 100 and 300 years and grows to a height of 30 feet (9 m), with a 3-foot (1-m) diameter. Long thought to be members of the agave family, the Joshua Tree and all yuccas have recently been reclassified as members of the Lily (Liliaceae) Family. Like all yucca, Joshua Trees rely on the Pronuba moth (Tegeticula yuccasella) to pollinate its creamy cluster of white flowers." Credit: Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher
http://www.livescience.com/30488-joshua-tree-national-park-images.html

Thanks Zin.

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