Common Name: Yucca Palm
Local Name: (local name) ބަގީޗާ ރުއް
Age: 15 years
Scientific Name: Yucca Gigantea
The Yucca Palm, also known as the Yucca Elephantipes, is a large tree that is popular for its magnificent landscaping appeal in warmer climates and as a house plant in colder climates. Originally from the area ranging from south-eastern Mexico to Panama, it is widely cultivated around the world, particularly in Mediterranean regions. This species is now referred to as Yucca Gigantea, but it is still commonly known as Yucca Elephantipes in horticultural literature. The tree can grow up to 8 to 12 metres in height, and it is an evergreen shrub that retains its leaves throughout the year.
The Yucca Palm’s flower, the izote, is the national flower of El Salvador. In addition to its ornamental value, the plant has several practical uses. The roots and leaves of the Yucca Palm can be used to make soap, and its fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. The plant is also known to have medicinal properties and has been used by indigenous peoples for treating a range of ailments such as arthritis, headaches and skin conditions. Additionally, the Yucca Palm is known for its air-purifying qualities and can improve indoor air quality.
Though not native to the country, The Yucca Palm is not uncommon in the Maldives.