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Any of various evergreen plants of the genus Yucca, native to the warmer regions of North America, having often tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowers.
[From New Latin Iucca, genus name, from Spanish yuca, cassava, from Taino.]
Yucca, genus of evergreen
shrubs and trees containing about 30 species, native to North America and
the West Indies. The spearlike leaves are borne in tufts. From the center
of the tuft grows the large flower stalk, which bears a cluster of bell-shaped,
drooping blossoms. The Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia), native to the
West Indies, Mexico, and the southeastern United States, bears white flowers
and grows to a height of 8 m (25 ft). The Spanish dagger (Yucca gloriosa)
is native to the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida; it bears
white, reddish-tinged flowers and reaches a height of 2.4 m (8 ft). The Joshua
tree (Yucca brevifolia) is found in the Mojave
Desert and grows to a height of 9 m (30 ft). The mission bell, or Quixote
plant (Yucca whipplei), native to southern California, bears creamy-white
flowers and reaches a height of about 2 m (about 6 ft).
Scientific classification: Yuccas make up the genus Yucca of the family Agavaceae.
yucca moth (yùk´e
A small white moth (Tegeticula alba) of North America that pollinates the yucca plant and at the same time lays its eggs in the ovaries of the flower.
By doing this, we not only honor the plants reproductive cycle, but we also have allowed the stalk to fully dry and cure. The pointy leaves are gently pealed back and the stalk is cut as close to the base of the plant as possible. Following the removal of the stalk, the remaining seeds are dispersed and any left over mess is cleaned up and neatly stacked in a concealed place.
Yucca stalks are not naturally hollow. They are
filled with a soft fibrous pulp that must first be removed by either splitting
the stalk and removing the pulp, or by reaming. The interior surface is
then sanded smooth, and the two halves glued back together. Once this is
done, the interior and exterior surfaces are sealed with several coats
of a hard non toxic resin. A mouthpiece made from bee's
wax is applied and the didgeridoo is done.