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Dasylirion longissimum

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Author:  Charles Lemaire, 1856
Origin:  North-Eastern Mexico
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  180 - 450 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Cream - Brownish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Mexican Grass Tree, Longleaf Sotol, Bear Grass, Grass Tree, Stick Palm, Square-Leaf Sotol, Beargrass, Toothless Sotol, Sotol, Toothless Desert Spoon
Synonyms:  -

This dioecious member of the Dracaenaceae* family was given this name by Charles Lemaire in 1856. It is found in north-eastern Mexico, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 180 or even 450 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over cream to brownish yellow.

The genera name comes from the Greek words dasys, meaning 'dense' , 'rough' or 'shaggy', and lirion meaning 'lily' in reference to the rough leaves of some species. The specific name means 'the longest' in reference to the extremely long leaves of this species.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Dracaenaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.

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