With this Priority Mail® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the desolate, striking beauty of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and its distinct desert environment.
The stamp art depicts a common scene throughout much of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, the natural habitat for the Joshua tree. An outcropping of the rounded, pile-like boulders characteristic of the region sits to the right of a large and whimsical Joshua tree.
A member of the agave family, the Joshua tree is a peculiar sight among the shrubby vegetation of the desert. Its prickly leaves grow in rounded bunches on widely branching limbs, giving the plant an otherworldly appearance. The hearty Joshua tree can grow up to 40 feet and live for more than 100 years in the harsh desert climate.
Part of a delicate ecosystem, Joshua trees serve an important role in the sustainability of life in the desert. The branches provide habitats for birds and small rodents use the tree's spiny leaves to protect their nests. Uniquely suited to the arid conditions of the desert, the native flora and fauna thrive in an environment seen by outsiders as bleak and lifeless.
Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.
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SKUs featured on this page: 120004
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