Mojave yucca is a 1-few-branched shrub that is
sometimes almost tree-like with a trunk or thick stem that may not be
apparent when the plant is young, and growing 3' to 15' tall. The
leaves are narrow, linear, and spreading in all directions from the
stem, and they are wide-based and have stiff, yellow-green blades 12"
to 60" long and 1" to 1-1/2" wide. They are also
tipped with terminal spines and have coarse fibers along the margins,
which Yucca whipplei lacks. The cream-colored flowers appear
in a long terminal cluster. The individual flowers are large,
pendent, and occasionally have a purplish tinge. The fruit is
an oblong capsule to 2" to 4" long with thick, obovoid seeds.
Mojave yucca is quite common on dry rocky slopes, mesas and flats to
about 5000' on both deserts and extends to the coast in San Diego County.
It blooms from April to May.
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Pronunciation: YUK-ka shi-DIJ-er-a.
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