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Useful Temperate Plants

Yucca madrensis

Gentry

Asparagaceae


Yucca madrensis is closely related to Yucca jaliscensis to the south of its range and to the Yucca schottii complex to the north[
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.
].

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Sierra Madre Yucca

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General Information

Yucca madrensis is an evergreen, succulent, perennial plant forming a thin, open rosette of leaves that can each be 50 - 100cm long and 20 - 35mm wide. The plant gradually develops a short, unbranched trunk that can occasionally be 2 metres high[
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of soap. The plant forms a low, rather bluish-leaved, ornamental rosette with leaves that are sometimes unusually long and somewhat arching[
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.
].

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.
,
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.

Range

Southwest N. America - southeast Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua).

Habitat

Rocky slopes on limestone soils, in pine-oak forest; at elevations from 1,400 - 1,600 metres[
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.
]

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height2.50 m
PollinatorsMoths
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The tender, green fruits as eaten[
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.
]. The mature fruit becomes dry and inedible[
1839
Title
Use and Nutritional Composition of some Traditional Mountain Pima Plant Foods
Publication
J. Ethnobiol. 11(1):93-114 Summer 1991
Author
Laferriere J.E.; Weber C.W. & Kohlhepp E.A.
Publisher
 
Year
1991
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The roots are rich in saponins and can be used as a soap[
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.
]. Analyses of the leaves by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed about 0.025% sapogenin in the leaves and 1.5% smilogenin in the roots, which identifies the soap
chemically[
1842
Title
The Agave Family in Sonora; Agriculture Handbook No. 399
Publication
 
Author
Gentry H.S.
Publisher
Agicultural Research Service, USDA; Washington D.C.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
Gives quite a lot of information on the traditional uses of the plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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