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Native American tray
MFA# 16.129


Plaited yucca sandal
MFA# 01.7257

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.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

plant height = up to 1.5 m

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Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 692, 882
  • Website: www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)

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