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Yucca filamentosa naituralized in New Zealand
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Faimily: Asparagaceae
Subfaimily: Agavoideae
Genus: Yucca

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Clistoyucca (Engelm.) Trel.
Samuela Trel.
Sarcoyucca (Engelm.) Linding.[1]

Yucca is a genus o perennial shrubs an trees in the faimily Asparagaceae, subfaimily Agavoideae.[2] Its 40-50 species is notable for thair rosettes o evergreen, teuch, swuird-shaped leaves an lairge terminal panicles o white or whitish flouers. Thay are native tae the het an dry (arid) pairts o North Americae, Central Americae, Sooth Americae, an the Caribbean. Early reports o the species wis confused wi the cassava (Manihot esculenta).[3] Consequently, Linnaeus mistakenly derived the generic name frae the Taino wird for the latter, yuca (spelt wi a single "c").[4] It is colloquially kent in the Midwast Unitit States as "ghosts in the graveyard", as it is commonly foond growin in rural graveyairds an whan in bloom the cluster o (uisually pale) flouers on a thin stalk appear as fleetin apparitions.


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  1. "Yucca L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 19 Januar 2010. Archived frae the original on 30 Mey 2010. Retrieved 7 Juin 2010.
  2. Chase, M.W.; Reveal, J.L.; Fay, M.F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
  3. Irish, Gary (2000). Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants: a Gardener's Guide. Timber Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-88192-442-8.
  4. Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. 4 R-Z. Taylor & Francis US. p. 2862. ISBN 978-0-8493-2678-3.