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Taxon: Yucca guatemalensis Baker

Genus: Yucca section: Yucca
Family: Asparagaceae subfamily: Agavoideae. Also placed in: Agavaceae
Nomen number: 411390
Place of publication: Refug. Bot. 5: t. 313. 1872
Name verified on: 15-Feb-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 15-Feb-2007
Species priority site is: National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PARL).


Common names:

  • bluestem yucca   (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 ) – English
  • giant yucca   (Source: Yucca III [as Y. elephantipes]) – English
  • spineless yucca   (Source: Hortus 3 [as Y. elephantipes]) – English
  • Riesen-Palmlilie   (Source: Zander ed17 [as Y. elephantipes]) – German
  • izote   (Source: F Mesoamer ) – Spanish (Mexico)

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Yucatan
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Panama

  • also cultivated


  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. 1994. Flora mesoamericana.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. [= Y. elephantipes Regel].
  • Hochstätter, F. & G. Hentzschel. 2004. Yucca III (Agavaceae): Mexico. 38. [= Y. elephantipes Regel].
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. [= Y. elephantipes].
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.


Check other web resources for Yucca guatemalensis Baker:

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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