Was told this is the type, not actually sure. Seen by Cap Rock parking lot, inside Joshua Tree NP
Yellow flowers, dull green foliage, flat stems, clostered growth
small purple flowers with white center, blooming in clusters, reduced oval green leaves
He sat in the road and blocked traffic in both directions while people gawked at him. People in the back got out of their cars and it turned into a bit of a circus. I don't remember anyone actually feeding him but I imagine food got left behind.
Common green lichen on granite in Joshua tree
White and black lichen at Joshua Tree. Finger tip included for rough scale
Rock tripe at Joshua Tree
Shrub at the Echo Rocks area in Joshua Tree
Common five petalled pink desert flower in Joshua Tree
Cactus whose needles have a wispy/furry appearance
Orange crustose lichen on granite in Joshua Tree
Gray granite growing lichen in Joshua Tree, black apothecia
Foliose granite growing lichen with pale gray (or white) upper surface and brown lower
Mound growing cactus
A light colored cholla.
Height ~1 m.
Elevation ~1,300 m (4,400')
Spines up to ~4 cm long and translucent yellow