Yucca lacandonica

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tropical yucca
Yuca epífita
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Yucca
Species: Y. lacandonica
Binomial name
Yucca lacandonica
Gómez Pompa & J.Valdés

Yucca lacandonica [1] is a plant species with the common name "tropical yucca." It is native to Belize and to southern Mexico, the states of Chiapas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatán. It is unique in the genus, the only epiphytic species in the group, although it has been reported to grow terrestrially as well.[2][3][4]

Yucca lacandonica is an Epiphyte usually growing in tree branches about 20-25 m above the ground. It has a trunk up to 3 m long, 25 cm wide at the base, partially horizontal. Leaves are long and narrowly lanceolate, tapering at both ends, up to 85 cm long, about 5 cm wide at the widest point. Flowers are white, up to 7 cm across, with tepals narrowing to a long point at the tip. Stamens and pistils are cream-colored. Fruit juicy, elongated, up to 10 cm long.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Gómez Pompa & J.Valdés, Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México 27: 43-45. 1962.
  2. ^ EMonocot, Kew Gardens, Yucca lacandonica
  3. ^ Gómez Pompa & J.Valdés, Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México 27: 43-45. 1962.
  4. ^ Yucca lacandonica. Fritz Hochstätter (ed.): Yucca (Agavaceae). Band 3 Mexico and Baja California, self-Verlag, 2004, pp. 39-40, pp. 135-136 photo material, first described S. 240-242, pp. 275, ISBN 3-00-013124-8 .
  5. ^ CONABIO. 2009. Catálogo taxonómico de especies de México. 1. In Capital Nat. México. CONABIO, Mexico D.F.
  6. ^ García-Mendoza, A. & E. J. Lott. 1994. 3. Yucca L. 6: 36–37. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Flora Mesoamericana. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
  7. ^ Pérez J., L. A., M. Sousa Sánchez, A. M. Hanan-Alipi, F. Chiang Cabrera & P. Tenorio L. 2005. Vegetación terrestre. 65–110. In J. Bueno, F Álvarez & S. Santiago. Biodiversidad de Tabasco. CONABIO-UNAM, México D.F..
  8. ^ NaturaLista, Yuca epífita,

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