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Yucca angustissima
Narrow-leaved yucca
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Conservation status
Scientific classification

Yucca angustissima, the narrowleaf yucca, is a plant in the family Agavaceae, known as the "narrow-leaved yucca." It is native to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, but grown elsewhere as an ornamental.

Yucca angustissima is a low-lying species forming colonies of basal rosettes up to 3 m (10 feet) in diameter. Leaves are long and thin, up to 150 cm long but rarely more than 2 cm across. Flowers are white to cream or greenish-white, pendant, borne in racemes on stalks up to 2 m (7 feet) tall. Fruit is a dry capsule with black seeds.

Yucca angustissima is relatively abundant, and although it has local threats, its population appears to be stable overall.

Varieties

Numerous varietal names have been proposed, but 4 are currently recognized:

  1. Yucca angustissima var. angustissima—Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado
  2. Yucca angustissima var. avia Reveal—Utah only
  3. Yucca angustissima var. kanabensis (McKelvey) Reveal—Arizona and Utah
  4. Yucca angustissima var. toftiae (S.L.Welsh) Reveal—Utah only
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