Hollow Hills Wilderness

Found north of Baker and Zzyzx is the Hollow Hills Wilderness area. This is northwest of the Mojave National Preserve in California ranging from about 300 ft. at Silver Lake to 3000 ft. Coming in at 22,000 acres, you can find Creosote Bushes, Mojave Fringe-Toed Lizard and Desert Tortoises. Desert Holly and Scale scrub flora communities in this BLM-managed area. Desert Holly (Atriplex hymenelytra) is a masterfully adapted plant - it can tolerate some of the hottest, driest and saltiest places in the desert. The leaves accumulate salt, and then the plant cleverly sheds the salt by simply dropping the leaf. It actually removes salt within its leaves by segregating the salt in bladders away from the plant cells.

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