Desert woodlands, like this one around Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, are also called xeric woodlands. Despite the heat and lack of regular precipitation, desert woodlands are diverse ecosystems. Joshua trees, like the ones here, are actually made of millions of tiny fibers able to live off small amounts of water. Because they are made of these small fibers, joshua trees lack tree rings.

Photograph by Lucia Tillova, My Shot
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"Woodland" is often just another name for a forest