Yucca baileyi

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Navajo yucca
Yucca baileyi.jpg
Yucca baileyi ssp. intermedia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Yucca
Species: Y. baileyi
Binomial name
Yucca baileyi
Woot. & Standl.
  • Yucca baileyi var. navajoa (J.M.Webber) J.M.Webber
  • Yucca intermedia var. ramosa McKelvey
  • Yucca navajoa Webber
  • Yucca standleyi McKelvey

Yucca baileyi is a plant in the family Asparagaceae. It is native to Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado but has been cultivated elsewhere.[2] Much of its native range is within the boundaries of the Navajo (Diné) Reservation, hence the common name "Navajo yucca." The Navajo people make extensive use of yucca fibers to make a wide assortment of useful and ceremonial items. They also use the roots as soap.[3][4]

Yucca baileyi is a relatively small species, usually acaulescent but sometimes with a short leafy stem. It can produce as many as 15 rosettes. Flowering stalk is up to 150 cm tall, with greenish-white to slightly purplish flowers.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Tropicos, Yucca baileyi
  2. ^ Wooton, Elmer Ottis, & Standley, Paul Carpenter. 1913 ,Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 16(4): 114–115.
  3. ^ Dykeman Roebuck Archaeology, ethnobotany, Yucca
  4. ^ Flora of North America v 26 p 435.
  5. ^ Benny's Kaktus
  6. ^ Reveal, James Lauritz. Intermountain Flora 6: 532. 1977.
  7. ^ Hochstätter, F. Cactaceae Rev. 1(2): 21. 1999.
  8. ^ McKelvey, Susan Delano. Yuccas of the Southwestern United States 2: 116–122, map 4, pl. 44–47. 1947.

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