Yucca species

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Scientific Name Yucca elata USDA PLANTS Symbol
YUEL
Common Name Soaptree Yucca ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
43139
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Description Tree-like yucca 5 to 20 feet tall with fine, arching, gray-green to blue-green leaves with white margins. The flowering stem is 3 to 7 feet long with 25-30 side branches covered with clusters of creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers. Descr. excerpt from www.wildflowers.org. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Yucca faxonia USDA PLANTS Symbol
YUFA
Common Name Giant Dagger Yucca, Faxon Yucca ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
43119
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus) SEINet Reference
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Description Tall, usually unbranched succulent reaching up to 30 ft tall including flower spike. Spine-tipped leaves are smooth, pale green to yellow-green with curling threadlike fibers on the edges. Descr. excerpt from “Little Big Bend" by Roy Mori. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Yucca rupicola USDA PLANTS Symbol
YURU
Common Name Texas Yucca, Twisted-leaf Yucca ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
565606
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Description Common plant in Central Texas in rocky, open woods, brushlands, prairies; green twisted, hairless leaves 1 to 2 feet long with light brown edges; in bloom, the scape (stalk) is 2 to 5 feet long with many white flowers 1-1/2 to 2 inches long grouped in a panicle 6 to 18 inches long. Descr. excerpt from “Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Yucca thompsoniana USDA PLANTS Symbol
YUTH
Common Name Thompson Yucca, Beaked Yucca ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
43153
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Description Tree-like yucca 6 to 12 feet high, with a trunk 5–8 inches in diameter, usually unbranched. The leaves are narrow, stiff and grow in a radiating mass near the top; 8–24 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide in the middle, gradually widening from the base to the middle, then narrow to a needle-like spine at the tip. The edges are horny, pale yellow, and more or less fine-toothed. The stout, 2-3 ft. flowering stalk holds a dense cluster of white flowers slightly above the foliage. Descr. excerpt from www.wildflowers.org. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Yucca treculeana (Yucca torreyi) USDA PLANTS Symbol
YUTR
Common Name Spanish Dagger, Don Quixote's Lace ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
43123
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Description Shaggy yucca, 10 feet or more tall. Stem is unbranched except near the top.Leaves are stiff, sharp pointed, up to 3 feet long by 3 inches wide, in large clumps at the ends of stems or branches, dead ones hanging below the live ones. Flowers are white or faintly purplish, in dense, showy clusters rising above the leaves, appearing in March and April. Descr. excerpt from www.wildflowers.org. Texas Status
Native

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