Yucca louisianensis Trel.

  • Family: Agavaceae
  • Common name: Gulf Coast yucca
  • Synonym: Y. freemanii, Y. arkansana var. paniculata

    Acaulescent shrub with long stiff evergreen leaves radiating from a basal rosette. Leaves flexible, grasslike, 30-100 cm (1-3.5 ft) long and 0.6-4 cm (0.25-1.6 in) wide at base, long-spiny at apex, dull green with margins often becoming filiferous. Inflorescence an open panicle with long pubescent branches. Flowers numerous, large, with 3 petaloid sepals and 3 petals, pale green to brownish. Fruits thick brown oblong-cylindrical capsules 3.8-5 cm (1.5-2 in) long.

    Distribution: Louisiana, eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma
    Habitat: Usually in sandy soils.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Yucca is the native Hatian name; louisianensis refers to Louisiana.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/23/99
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