Pronounced (Ho-Ho-Buh). A hardy desert shrub found throughout the Sonoran Desert and lower Mojave Desert with thick, leathery, light gray - green leaves. the jojoba holds its leaves upright, reducing their exposure to the sun. This decreases the loss of water through transpiration by reducing the heat in the leaves. The jojoba produces an acorn-like bean that is rich in oily wax. The high quality oil of the jojoba is used in fine machine oil, cosmetics and shampoos.