Growth and reproduction of <i>Yucca elata</i>

TitleGrowth and reproduction of Yucca elata
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1932
AuthorsCampbell R.S., Keller J.G.
Date PublishedOctober 1932
Keywordsdescription, growth, reproduction, Yucca elata

Yucca elata, Engelm., locally called soapweed, is a long-lived perennial of the Liliaceae. Wooton and Standley (1915) describe the plant as follows: "Stems conspicuous in old plants, reaching a height of 3 to 4 meters, naked below, clothed with a tuft of leaves above; inflorescence a much branched panicle, leaves 10 mm wide or less." Average plants in southern New Mexico vary from 3 to 6 feet in height, but specimens as tall as 30 feet have been observed.