A lily type plant of the genus Yucca belonging to the Agave family. It is native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Fibers, like Sisal, obtained from the sword-shaped leaves are used for brushes, cordage, and Burlap fabrics. They are similar to palm-leaf fibers. A Saponin is generated as a byproduct in the processing of the yucca fibers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
palma istle; yucca (Deut., Fr., It., Lat.)
plant height = up to 1.5 m
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 692, 882
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Yucca." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 15 May 2004 .
- Website address 1: www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca (Accessed Sept. 28, 2005)