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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Agavoideae
Genus: Hesperaloe
Species: H. campanulata – H. chiangii – H. engelmannii – H. funifera – H. malacophylla – H. nocturna – H. parviflora – H. tenuifolia

Hesperaloe Engelm., in S. Watson, U.S. Geol. Explor. 40th Parallel, Bot. 497. 1871.

Type species: Hesperaloe yuccifolia (A. Gray) Engelmann, which accepted as a synonym of Hesperaloe parviflora subsp. parvifolia

Engelmann, G., in S. Watson, 1871: Botany (Fortieth Parallel). 497.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Hesperaloe in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 09. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Hesperaloe. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 09 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Hesperaloe in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 09. 2019. Hesperaloe. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 09.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Hesperaloe. .

Vernacular names

Hesperaloe (false yucca)[2] is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae.[1] It contains perennial yucca-like plants with long, narrow leaves produced in a basal rosette and flowers borne on long panicles or racemes. The species are native to the arid parts of Texas in the United States and Mexico and are sometimes cultivated as xerophytic ornamental plants.[3]

The genus name is derived from the Greek word έσπερος (hesperos), meaning "western," and aloe, which the plants resemble.[4]

Accepted species:[5][6]

Image Scientific name Distribution
Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) Hesperaloe campanulata fh 0642 MEX Anfang April in Nordmexiko A.jpg Hesperaloe campanulata G.Starr Nuevo León
Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) Hesperaloe chiangii fh 0644 MEX A.jpg Hesperaloe chiangii (G.D.Starr) B.L.Turner San Luis Potosí
Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) Hesperaloe engelmannii fh 427.30 TX Mit langen Blütenstengeln.jpg Hesperaloe engelmannii Krauskopf ex Baker Texas
Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) Hesperaole funifera fh 0640 MEX AA.jpg Hesperaloe funifera (K.Koch) Trel. Coahuila, Nuevo León, Texas, Sonora, San Luis Potosí
Hesperaloe malacophylla fh 0645 MEX BB.jpg Hesperaloe malacophylla Hochstätter & Mart.-Aval. Tamaulipas 2222 hunt0903.jpg Hesperaloe nocturna Gentry Sonora
Hesperaloe (Agavaceae) Hesperaloe parviflora fh 427.35 TX Kulturpflanze selten gelbblühend.jpg Hesperaloe parviflora (Torr.) J.M.Coult. – Red Yucca Coahuila, Texas
Hesperaloe tenuifolia G.Starr Sonora


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