Sierra Madre Yucca

Yucca madrensis

Yucca madrensis photo © by Michael Plagens

In the riparian woodland of Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona, USA. 30 July 2013.

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SUCCULENT: Mostly unbranched stems reaching almost two meters tall.

LEAVES: Thick, bluish green leaves are erect about the inflorescence. The margins are smooth with a few stray fibers.

RANGE: In Arizona this plant is restricted to the Sky Island Mountains in the southeast. Ranges into Mexico.

FLOWERS: White flowers, have six, large, waxy tepals and are borne in massive clusters at the top of the plant; blooming June to August.

FRUIT: Large pendulous green capsules mature and later split into three valves.

ARMED: Leaf tips are sharp pointed.

large flowers of Yucca madrensis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Asparagaceae -- Agave and Asparagas Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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