This collection displays a wide variety of plants native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States.
Purpose and scope of the collection
The Plants of the Mojave Desert collection serves as a resource for studies of Mojave Desert flora and their adaptations to its arid climate. It also displays native plants that are useful in urban residential, commercial, and public landscapes in the Las Vegas Valley and adjacent parts of southern Nevada with similar climatic conditions.
Low, widely spaced shrubs dominate the Mojave Desert of southern Nevada, southern California, southwestern Utah, and northwestern Arizona. Most rainfall occurs in winter but summer thunderstorms occasionally occur in the eastern part. About three-fourths of the desert lies at elevations between 2,000 and 4,000 feet. The Mojave supports relatively simple plant communities with few trees, but the presence of the distinctive Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia, right) marks the boundaries of this driest of North American deserts (Mielke 1993; Taylor 1992).
Collection — specific interpretations of this policy and special instructions
Programs supported by the collection
Type of collection: Geographic
Year established: 2003
Guidelines created: March 2006
Last revised: March 2006
Proposed by: 2003 Long Range Planning Committee
Location: Dispersed throughout campus
Last inventoried: in progress
Number of species: n/a
Number of specimens: n/a