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Yucca treculeana
Yucca treculeana (as Yucca canaliculata) Bot. Mag. 86. t. 5201. 1860..jpg
1860 illustration
Scientific classification
Synonyms
  • Sarcoyucca treculeana (Carrière) Linding.
  • Yucca agavoides Carrière
  • Yucca argospatha Verl.
  • Yucca aspera Regel
  • Yucca baccata var. australis Engelm.
  • Yucca canaliculata Hook.
  • Yucca canaliculata var. pendula K. Koch
  • Yucca contorta Carrière
  • Yucca cornuta Baker
  • Yucca crassifila Engelm.
  • Yucca longifolia Buckley, nom. illeg.
  • Yucca recurvata Carrière
  • Yucca revoluta Carrière
  • Yucca spinosa auct non Kunth
  • Yucca treculeana var. canaliculata Trel.
  • Yucca treculeana var. glauca Sprenger
  • Yucca treculeana var. succulenta McKelvey
  • Yucca undulata K.Koch

Yucca treculeana Carrière is a plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Texas, New Mexico and Coahuila. Common names include Spanish dagger, Spanish bayonet and Don Quixote's lance.

Yucca treculeana is a large, tree-like species up to 10 m (33 feet) tall, often branching above the ground. Leaves are up to 128 cm (50 inches) long. Flowers are cream-colored, sometimes tinged with purple. Fruits are fleshy and succulent, up to 19 cm (7.5 inches) long.

Some sources list this species as "Yucca spinosa Kunth." However, the type specimen for this name at the herbarium in Berlin appears to be Dasylirion sp., thus rendering the name a "nomen confusum."

Spanish Dagger (Yucca treculeana), Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas, USA (12 April 2016)
Spanish Dagger (Yucca treculeana), Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas, USA (12 April 2016)
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