It was discovered in 1840 in northeastern Mexico between Saltillo and Parras ( ) on 19 May 1847 by merchant and explorer Josiah Gregg. It was later introduced to Europe and described for science by J. Benjamin Chabaud (1833-1915) in 1876.
A tall, heavily branched yucca, Y. filifera has straight, ensiform leaves growing in rosette-shaped bunches from the end of each stem. Its inflorescence hangs over and is made of many separate white flowers.
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- Yucca filifera Chabaud, Tropicos, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2013
- R.J. Hodgkiss, The Yucca Page, 20 February 2012, accessed 25 March 2013
- Palma china, Izote, Palma corriente, Palma grande - Yucca filifera, InfoJardin, Jardineros Paisajismo Plantas, 2013, accessed 25 March 2013