Taxon: Yucca brevifolia Engelm.

Genus: Yucca
    Section: Clistocarpa
Family: Asparagaceae
  Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 42147
Place of publication: S. Watson et al., Botany [fortieth parallel] 496. 1871 (in C. King, U.S. geol. explor. 40th Parallel vol. 5)
Name Verified on: 15-Feb-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Jul-2008
Species priority site is: National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PARL)
Accessions: 8 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: emulsifier (foaming agent for root beer fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Food additives: flavoring (foaming agent for root beer fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed14)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - California, - Nevada, - Utah

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
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  • Gentry, H. S. The agave family in Sonora. U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 399. 1972 (Agave Sonora)
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  • Leung, A. Y. & S. Foster Encyclopedia of common natural ingredients used in food, drugs, and cosmetics, ed. 2. 1996 (Ency CNatIn)
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