This big plant is called yucca,
Spanish dagger, or palma pita. It's actually in
the lily family. Yuccas, like cacti, are adapted
to dry conditions. They have thick, leathery leaves
to conserve water. The yucca is one of the tallest
plants on the Scrub, yet it doesn't have true wood!
When it blooms, its big cluster of creamy-white
flowers is one of the most spectacular around. On
top of this yucca, you can see Jose the Harris's
Hawk. He's one of the 20 species of hawks, falcons,
and eagles out here. Little wonder, because there
are more than 20 species of rodents in the scrub,
including me! Well, this packrat has no intention
of being lunch today....