Common name: Spanish Bayonet, Dagger Plant
Yucca aloifolia L. APNI*
Description: Shrubby plant with stem to c. 1.5 m high, often freely branched.
Leaves fleshy, linear to narrow-lanceolate, 0.7–1 m long, 3–5 cm wide, apex acute with terminal spine 10–20 mm long, margins finely toothed, surfaces glabrous, bluish grey.
Scape 1–3 m high; panicle many-flowered, 1–2 m high; pedicels 2–4 cm long. Flowers campanulate, c. 5 cm long, whitish. Tepals free, c. 5 cm long. Stamens c. 3 cm long. Capsule oblong, 6–8 cm long, indehiscent, purplish; seeds black.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated and occasionally persistent around old habitations, possibly not fully naturalized; recorded for Forster, Muswellbrook-Denman area and Canberra.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *ST, *CWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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