"All that day they climbed through a highland park forested with joshua trees"
Joshua Tree forest (Yucca brevifolia) from Cima Dome, in the Mojave National Preserve, southeastern California. - Credit: Stan Shebs
The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is a tree-like plant species belonging to the genus Yucca. It is native to the southwestern United States.
The name was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer