A yucca which grows as a tree and has clusters of spiky leaves, native to arid regions of south-western North America.
- Yucca brevifolia, family Agavaceae.
- It searches among the yucca cactuses and Joshua trees for a lonely radar station atop a mountain peak.
- Add to this the abundance of dangerous flora and fauna - cacti, yucca plants, Joshua trees, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and spiders - and the propensity for injury when training on ground combat skills increases dramatically.
- Its vascular structure and secondary growth are not unlike those found in the Joshua tree.
Mid 19th century: apparently from Joshua (Josh. 8:18), the plant being likened to a man brandishing a spear.
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