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Yucca schidigera

Yucca schidigera Roezl ex Ortgies

Yucca californica Nutt. ex Baker

Yucca macrocarpa Merriam non Engelm.

Yucca mohavensis Sarg.

Mojave Yucca

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusYuccaLinnaeus mistakenly derived the genus name from the Carib word for (similar-appearing) cassava, yuca
SpeciesschidigeraFrom the Latin meaning “bearing a splinter of wood,” alluding to the coarse marginal fibers at the edge of the leaf blade

About plant names...

Mojave yucca is native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southwestern North America.

Identification: Many yuccas are acaulescent—they have no stem. But this one is a small tree, up to 8-16' (2.5-4.8 m) tall (to a maximum of 30' (9 m)), topped by a dense array of swordlike leaves. Bark is gray-brown, with a skirt of dead leaves near the top. Leaves are 12-59" (30-150 cm) long × 1½-4" (4-11 cm) wide at the base, tapering to sharp tips. They are thick, stiff, yellow- to blue-green, with wiry white filaments. Flowers are white, sometimes tinged with purple, urn-shaped, 1-3" (3-7.5 cm) long, copious, on a central spike. Seed capsules are dark brown or dull black, with six sections, roughly cylindrical, 1¾-4½" (5-12 cm) long × 1-1½" (3-4 cm) in diameter.

See the Yucca page for a comparison with other yuccas.

Online References:

Yucca schidigera on CalPhotos

Yucca schidigera on Wikipedia

Yucca schidigera on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Yucca schidigera on DesertUSA: Exploring the Southwest

Yucca schidigera on Digital Desert: Mojave Desert

References:

Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 268

Ingram, Stephen, Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of California and Nevada, Cachuma Press, 2008, p. 172

Yucca schidigera (Mojave Yucca)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 31 × 38" (79 × 96 cm)

Yucca schidigera (Mojave Yucca)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA ID is uncertain

Yucca schidigera description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Yucca schidigera (Mojave Yucca)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3½ × 5½' (1.1 × 1.7 m)

Yucca schidigera (Mojave Yucca)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 32 × 47" (80 × 120 cm)

Yucca schidigera (Mojave Yucca)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3 × 4' (99 × 124 cm)

Range: Zones 9-10:

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