Focus Plants

The following characteristics of the desert plants listed below will be measured and recorded in the field by students participating in this field study. This research over an extended period of time will reveal patterns in the data while allowing us to estimate the ages and growth rates of plants in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.

The following table is available in PDF format here.

Focus Plants for the Discovering the Ancients Program
Bigberry Manzanita
X
X
X
X
         
Blackbrush
X
X
X
X
         
California Buckwheat
X
X
X
X
         
Catclaw Acacia
X
X
X
X
         
Creosote
X
X
X
X
       
X
Desert Willow
X
X
X
X
         
Holly-leaf Cherry
X
X
X
X
         
Honey Mesquite
X
X
X
X
         
Ironwood
X
X
X
X
         
Juniper
X
X
X
X
         
Jojoba
X
X
X
X
         
Joshua Tree
X
X
X
X
   
X
   
Mojave Yucca
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Ephedra (Mormon Tea)
X
X
X
X
         
Nolina
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
PaperBag Bush
X
X
X
X
         
Pinyon Pine
X
X
X
X
         
Scrub Oak
X
X
X
X
         
Cactus (specify type)
X
X
X
X
     
X
 
                   

 

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