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Introduction to the Yuccas
Having clusters of bright cream-colored
flowers and sword-shaped leaves, yuccas are fascinating plants that show
similarities to the agaves (century plants) and the nolinas
(beargrasses). Sargent (1949, p. 110) reported that the generic
name Yucca derives from the Carib name for the root of the
Cassava. The characteristic shape of a yucca plant jutting out
against the skyline is a scene familiar to all who have traveled
the American deserts or the sandy, Southeastern beaches.
Yuccas have proved suitable for lawn planting and even for flower garden use. Many different varieties have been employed for such ornamental purposes, being propagated by seeds, cuttings, and offsets — see Bailey (1939, pp. 3529-31) and Clark (1979, pp. 502- 5). Sargent (p. 110) has also reported that in countries where rainfall is scanty, yuccas are cultivated for hedge to protect gardens from cattle. Two of the horticultural forms most widely planted in Southern California are Yucca gloriosa and Y. aloifolia — both species native to the sand dunes of North Carolina and southward to Florida. .... (remainder of article omitted)
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Axelrod, D.I. 1939. A Miocene flora from the western border of the Mohave Desert. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 516, Washington, D.C., see especially pp. 87 & 88.
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Bailey, L.H. 1939. The standard encyclopedia of horticulture, Vol. 3. The MacMillan Co. New York.
Benson, L. and R.A. Darrow. 1981. Trees and shrubs of the southwestern desert, third edition. The University of Arizona Press. Tucson.
Clark, D.E., editor. 1979. New western garden book. Lane Book Co. Palo Alto, CA. pp. 503-05.
Cockman, J. 1985. Personal correspondence to E.L. Williams (September 3).
Cowan, S.T. 1969. Heretical taxonomy for acteriologists. Journal of General Microbiology 61:145-51. Based on a seminar entitled "Alice in taxonomyland," University of Maryland, May 5, 1969.
Cronquist, A. 1968. The evolution and classification of flowering plants. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, MA.
____________. A.H. Holmgren, N.H. Holmgren, J.L. Reveal, and P.K. Holmgren. 1977. Intermountain flora: vascular plants of the intermountain west, U.S.A. Columbia University Press. New York.
Cruse, R.R. 1949. A chemurgic survey of the desert flora in the American southwest. Economic Biology 3:111-31.
Daugherty, L.H. 1941. The Upper Triassic flora of Arizona. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 526. Washington,
Howe, G.F. 1981. Which Woody plants grow where at the Grand Canyon. Creation Research Society Quarterly 17:219-26.