Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica

Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica Epling & Haines Brittonia 9(3): 171-172, 1957.


Unpublished names:
Yucca whipplei var. erimica, Mesa Garden seed list 199?

Type location:
Mexico, Baja California North, 13 miles south east of Rosario.

Mexico, Baja California North, at an altitude of 300 to 750 m.

Short description of the species:
Plants acaulescent, solitary or making small groups. Leaves, very stiff, bluish, 20 - 40 cm long, up to 2 to 3 cm wide, margin of the leaves corneous and finely serrulate (with very small teeth), has a very sharp spine at the tip of the leaves, the backside of the leaves scabrous (rough). Inflorescence one or many flowering rosettes from each group, paniculate, from 150 cm to 250 cm tall. Scape held high above the leaves. Flowers campanulate (bell shaped) wide open, 1 to 3 cm long, white. Fruit 2 to 4 cm long, 2 to 4 cm thick. Seeds black, shiny, 0,6 to 0,7 x 0,8 cm, thicker than the othert subspecies, with marginal wing.

I have tried once to grow this species but the seedlings died the first winter at almost first frost! This was before I had learnd much about Yucca's and  have not been able to get seeds of it since. If you are growing this species please let me know.

I do not have any pictures of Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica if you have a picture I may use please let me know.

1.         According to many authors this subspecies is "just" a natural variation of Yucca whipplei.

2.        Some authors place Yucca whipplei and it's subspecies in the Genus Hesperoyucca. One of the reasons to this is that the seedlings form a distinct bulb which no other Yucca does. another reason cold also be that Yucca whippleiand it's subspecies are pollinated by another species of Yucca moth which only do feed on Yucca whipplei!

EPLING & HAINES, Brittonia 9(3): 171-172, 1957. (Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica )
HOCHSTÄTTER, F. 2000, Succulenta 79(1): 41-44, 3 photos. (Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica )
HOCHSTAETTER, F; (2000), YUCCA (vol. I): 23 (Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica)
THIEDE, J., Illustrated handbook of succulent plants vol. 1. (Monocotyledons (Eggli ed.)): 85-87, 2002. (Hesperoyucca whipplei).

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