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Genus Yucca Family Agavaceae

Description: Shrubby or arborescent plants, with or without erect woody stems.

Leaves fleshy, long-lived, spine-tipped.

Inflorescence a panicle or raceme, on a terminal scape. Flowers bisexual, ± pendent. Tepals ± spreading, free or united basally. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular or imperfectly 6-locular; style stout; stigma ± globose or 3-lobed.

Fruit a capsule; seeds obovoid or flattened.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 40 species, America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Yucca aloifolia

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