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Taxon: Hesperoyucca whipplei (Torr.) Trel.

Genus: Hesperoyucca
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 452304
Place of publication: Rep. (Annual) Missouri Bot. Gard. 4:208. 1893
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 15-Feb-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 06-May-2019
Species priority site is: National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PARL)
Accessions: 5 (3 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • chaparral yucca  (Source: Yucca I) - English
  • Our Lord's-candle  (Source: Yucca I) - English
  • quixote yucca  (Source: Yucca I) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide F CalifJep, as Yucca whipplei; Eur Gard F, as Yucca whipplei)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2, as Yucca whipplei)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [California]
    • NORTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Baja California (Norte), Sonora]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Clary, K. H. 2001. The genus Hesperoyucca (Agavaceae) in the southwestern United States and Mexico: new nomenclatural combinations (Sida) 19:842-845.
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage (Zander ed17)
  3. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  4. Hochstätter, F. & G. Hentzschel Yucca III (Agavaceae): Mexico (Yucca III) 44.

Check other web resources for Hesperoyucca whipplei (Torr.) Trel. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=452304. Accessed 19 June 2019.