"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.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJoshua 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