|Scientific Name||Yucca faxonia||USDA PLANTS Symbol||YUFA|
|Common Name||Giant Dagger Yucca, Faxon Yucca||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||43119|
|Family||Asparagaceae (Asparagus) formerly Agavaceae||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Desert habitat; rocky slopes, bluffs, plains, 2600 to 6900 ft.
Plant: Solitary, erect, large, tree-like, 8 to 30 feet tall, including flower spike; usually unbranched or with 2 to 4 branches.
Leaves: Erect, rigid, spine-tipped linear leaves 17 to 43 inches long and 1-1/4 to over 3 inches wide, pale green to yellow-green with curling, brownish thread-like fibers on the edges; large numbers drooping dead leaves below.
Inflorescence: A very large cluster of white sometimes purple-tinged blossoms in a broadly ovoid, often branched panicle from almost 2 to more than 8 feet tall, lower portion within the foliage; many hanging, bell-shaped flowers, 1-1/2 to more than 4 inches long.
Bloom Period: Late winter through spring.
Fruit: Hanging, fleshy, greenish and berry-like, elongated, 1-1/2 to 5+ inches long and 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches across.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, iNaturalist and SEINet.
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