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Hesperaloe parviflora
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe (false yucca)[2] is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae.[1] It contains perennial yucca-like plants with long, narrow leaves produced in a basal rosette and flowers borne on long panicles or racemes. The species are native to the arid parts of Texas in the United States and Mexico and are sometimes cultivated as xerophytic ornamental plants.[3]

The genus name is derived from the Greek word έσπερος (hesperos), meaning "western," and aloe, which the plants resemble.[4]


Accepted species:[5][6]

  1. Hesperaloe campanulata G.Starr - Nuevo León
  2. Hesperaloe chiangii (G.D.Starr) B.L.Turner - San Luis Potosí
  3. Hesperaloe engelmannii Krauskopf ex Baker - Texas
  4. Hesperaloe funifera (K.Koch) Trel. - Coahuila, Nuevo León, Texas, Sonora, San Luis Potosí
  5. Hesperaloe malacophylla Hochstätter & Mart.-Aval. - Tamaulipas
  6. Hesperaloe nocturna Gentry - Sonora
  7. Hesperaloe parviflora (Torr.) J.M.Coult. – Red Yucca - Coahuila, Texas
  8. Hesperaloe tenuifolia G.Starr - Sonora


  1. ^ a b "Genus: Hesperaloe Engelm". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  2. ^ "Hesperaloe". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ Flora of North America, Vol. 26 Page 441, Hesperaloe Engelmann, Botany (Fortieth Parallel). 497. 1871.
  4. ^ Robbins, R. Laurie. "Hesperaloe Engelmann, Botany (Fortieth Parallel). 497. 1871". Flora of North America. eFloras.org. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  5. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Hesperaloe". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  6. ^ "Hesperaloe". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-08-11.

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