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Desert Wildflowers A to Z
J is for Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia). When you start seeing Joshua trees, you know you are in the Mojave Desert. The right amount of rain means they will bloom, lighting up the desert with their large white flowers. Did you know – Joshua trees are only pollinated by two species of moths! To find out more about Joshua trees and how and where they grow, check out a brief podcast (link below). Short Joshua tree information podcast: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBdBoCvdI5k BLM Photo: Lara Kobelt
Mesquite - young leaves, seed pods, & seeds are edible. How: seed pods raw, cooked, pounded into flour, made into tofu. Young leaves in salad or cooked like spinach. Dangers: up to 20% of mesquite pods are infected with very dangerous aflatoxin-producing fungus. Only pick pods that are still on the tree and have not been attacked by boring-beetles.