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Cross-section through the leaf of a Joshua tree


1  epidermis and cuticle
3  mesophyll
2  vascular bundle

English name: Joshua tree
Scientific name: Yucca brevifolia
Familia: Agavaceae
Classis: Monocotyledonas
Phylum: Angiospermae
Regnum: Plantae

The Joshua tree is a xerophyte (plant adapted to drought) with so-called xeromorph characteristics. The parenchyma cells of the leaf are enlarged and function to store water, a feature that is typical for succulents.

last modified: 5 Jun 2014