Desert wildfire and severe drought diminish survivorship of the long-lived Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia; Agavaceae).

@article{Defalco2010DesertWA,
  title={Desert wildfire and severe drought diminish survivorship of the long-lived Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia; Agavaceae).},
  author={Lesley A Defalco and Todd C. Esque and Sara J. Scoles-Sciulla and Jane Margaret Rodgers},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2010},
  volume={97 2},
  pages={
          243-50
        }
}
Extreme climate events are transforming plant communities in the desert Southwest of the United States. Abundant precipitation in 1998 associated with El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) stimulated exceptional alien annual plant production in the Mojave Desert that fueled wildfires in 1999. Exacerbated by protracted drought, 80% of the burned Yucca brevifolia, a long-lived arborescent monocot, and 26% of unburned plants died at Joshua Tree National Park by 2004. Many burned plants <1 m tall… CONTINUE READING
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