Desert plants exhibit exceptional adaptations to survive the aridity of hot, searing environments. Cacti and succulents, for instance, have waxy coatings and a reduced leaf surface area, reducing water loss through transpiration.
Cacti stand out as the ultimate survivalists in the plant kingdom. These resilient plants thrive in the harshest desert climates, enduring extreme temperatures and minimal water availability by storing precious moisture within their fleshy stems.
Desert landscapes burst into color with the arrival of wildflowers like the prickly pear cactus and Joshua tree. These desert wildflowers survive and flourish under high temperatures, low humidity, and low precipitation typical of a super dry climate.
1. Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
Defying the inhospitable desert conditions like in the Mojave Desert, Joshua Trees stand tall. Named after a biblical figure, these trees can reach heights of 15 to 40 feet in just a few decades.