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Jojoba Bush

(Simmondleii Californica)

Almost all desert animals nibble on jojoba bushes, enjoying their succulant, spineless leaves. Bighorn sheep and mule deer seem to relish its moist leaves as much as rabbits and rodents. Antelope ground squirrels sometimes hide the nut-like fruits for future eating. If they forget where they cached the nuts, a new plant may sprout. Because the jojoba fruit is about fifty percent oil, the species has gained commercial importance. This oil can be used in cooking, cosmetics, as a lubricant, and in waxes for cars.

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