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Useful Temperate Plants

Yucca faxoniana

Sarg.

Asparagaceae

+ Synonyms

Samuela faxonia Trel.

Sarcoyucca australis (Trel.) Linding.

Sarcoyucca macrocarpa (Torr.) Linding.

Yucca australis Trel. (1893)

Yucca australis valida M.E.Jones

Yucca baccata macrocarpa Torr.

Yucca macrocarpa (Torr.) Coville

Yucca torreyi Shafer

Common Name:

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General Information

Yucca faxoniana is an evergreen, succulent, rosette-forming perennial plant with leaves that can be 43 - 115cm long and 3 - 8cm wide. The plant gradually develops a trunk that can be simple or with 2 - 4 branches, growing up to 5 metres long and around 30cm in diameter[
1838
Title
Ethnobotany of Agave lecheguilla and Yucca carnerosana in Mexico's Zona Ixtlera
Publication
Economic Botany, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1980), pp. 376-390
Author
Sheldon S.
Website
http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254218
Publisher
 
Year
1980
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre. An ornamental plant, it is often used in landscaping in the arid regions of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].
Yucca faxoniana has a wide range and even though it is scarce, it has no major threats and it occurs within protected areas. Even though it occurs in an area that has been shifting for cattle ranching, it occurs in drier areas that are not as threatened by this activity. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Southern N. America - southeastern New Mexico, western Texas, northeastern Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila)

Habitat

Rocky and gravelly mountain slopes, plains in xerophyllous scrub.; at elevations from 800 - 2,100 metres[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsMoth
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruits pendent, baccate, indehiscent, elongate, 3.6 - 13.6 × 1.8 - 3.6 cm, fleshy, succulent[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
]. We have no specific information on edibility, but this species is close to Yucca baccata which has edible fruits[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the leaves is used by native peoples[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-08-15. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Yucca+faxoniana>

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