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Mojave Yucca

Yucca schidigera

Yucca schidigera, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed at Joshua Tree National Monument, California. 30 April 2010.

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SUCCULENT: Robust with usually unbranched stem 3 to 5 m tall.

ARMED: The strong leaves with sharp tips are rightly termed bayonets.

LEAVES: The leaves are stiff, oriented up when often yellow-green, then remaining on plant and tipping down as they age and turn brown to shield the trunk.

RANGE: More common in the Mojave Desert than the Sonoran. It may be found occasionally in the boundary areas between the two desert regions. Western Arizona, southern Nevada and California.

FLOWERS: The spikes of flowers are large and there are an abundance of whitish flowers. Spectacular. Flowers in late spring.

FRUIT: The three-parted capsules hang downwards as they enlarge and ripen.

Agavaceae -- Agave Family

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