J. Benjamin Chabaud,
Yucca, St. Peter's Palm, Adam's Needle, Bear's Thread, Soap
Root, Virjinya Avizesi
baccata var. filifera Schelle.
Yucca meldensis, Engelm.,
Yucca filamentosa flaccida, Engelm.
This member of the
Agavaceae family was described by J. Benjamin Chabaud in 1876. It is found in
the north-eastern part of Mexico, growing in most kinds of soil, but
preferring a well-drained. Not much water, but lots of sun. Really old
plants can get a base up to three meters in diameter and a height up to
ten or maybe 14 meters. The flowers are pale crème or almost white,
and it can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.
The genera name is from
Yuca, the name in St. Domingo for a totally different plant. The
species name from
Latin 'making threads'.
the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Agavaceae
is now part of the Asparagaceae.