Friday, August 3, 2012

Binomen Art - Yucca

Yucca Spelled With Blossom Parts
Yucca Spelled With Blossom Parts
This clump of yucca was featured previously in the Kähler and Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’. This year it bloomed in the summer, which is odd, because the plants have bloomed all times of the year except summer in the past. When they bloom in cold weather the flowers get soggy and the spike doesn’t last long. This time, the flower spikes lasted a long time and were greatly appreciated by the bees.
Of course, yucca is a member of the Agave family. Quattrocchi gives the generic name origin as:
“The vernacular name in Peru or in the Carib for manihot or cassava, misapplied to these plants, yucca for Manihot esculenta.”

The specific epithet is because this yucca can stab you so gloriously! Seriously, we are still nursing slash marks on the arms from merely trying to clean out debris that collected in the inner parts. Oh well.
The generic name is spelled out here with cut up blossoms which have a very faint smell to them. The petals and most parts of the flower are waxy to the touch.

Yucca Spelled With Blossom Parts (left) and Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ Spikes (right)Yucca Spelled With Blossom Parts   Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ spikes

Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ Spikes (left) and Inside a Yucca Blossom (right)Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ Spikes  Inside a Yucca Blossom

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