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Yucca - Yucca glauca

Yucca glauca

Yucca glauca
J. Agee photo

lauca is the Latin word for "greenish-grey." The yucca plant is common to hot, dry, gravelly habitats throughout the West. Its cream-colored, bell-shaped flowers attest to its membership in the lily family. The Dakota Indian name for it is Hupestula; Omahas and Poncas call it Duwaduwa-hi; Pawnees know it as Chakida-kahtsuor Chakila-kahtsu. Its needle-sharp leaves have given it the common name "Spanish bayonet."

--Joseph Mussulman

Yucca - Yucca glauca

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)