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Yucca Blossoms

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 July 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The natural distribution range of the genus Yucca covers a vast area of North and Central America. From Baja California in the west, northwards into the southwestern United States, through the drier central states as far north as Alberta in Canada. They are to be found in rocky deserts and badlands, in prairies and grassland, in mountainous regions, in light woodland, in coastal sands, and even in subtropical and semi-temperate zones, although these are generally arid to semiarid.

Yuccas have a very specialized, mutualistic pollination system, being pollinated by yucca moths; the insect purposefully transfers the pollen from the stamens of one plant to the stigma of another, and at the same time lays an egg in the flower; the moth larva then feeds on some of the developing seeds, always leaving enough seed to perpetuate the species. Yucca species are the host plants for the caterpillars of the yucca giant-skipper, ursine giant-skipper, and Strecker's giant-skipper.

Species of yucca have adapted to a wide variety of climates in mountains, coastal sand, grasslands and prairies as well as rocky badlands and deserts. Most species of yucca have thick, waxy skins to prevent loss of water through evaporation. They frequently store water in thick roots. Some yuccas store water in thick, fleshy leaves. Some desert plants have an oily coating on their leaves or pads that traps moisture, thereby reducing water loss. Some species drop their leaves during drought to prevent the loss of water through transpiration. The channeled leaves of a yucca direct dew and rainfall water to their roots. Yuccas are said to be "fire adapted"; that is, they grow and spread vigorously after wildfires.

Photo captured July 14, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sueprbes fleurs et rendu blanc fantastique compo
Amitié

23 Jul 2015 6:01am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Nice shot. Thanks for the explanation.

23 Jul 2015 7:15am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb frame. I like the drops on the petals.:-)

23 Jul 2015 8:05am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Magnifique

23 Jul 2015 8:12am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Lovely blossoms.

23 Jul 2015 10:10am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Superbe blancheur !

23 Jul 2015 10:22am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful framing ! Very beautiful .

23 Jul 2015 11:28am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Ces gouttelettes et cette blancheur....... quelle magnifique fraîcheur de beauté.)

23 Jul 2015 12:35pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice limited palette. well documented

23 Jul 2015 1:27pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

When I saw your photo and read the following info I googled and realized that on the wknd I snapped a photo of someone's yard with a Yucca in full bloom... because yours is a macro I didn't recognize it right away. I will post it Monday, I'm sure it's a Yucca. Anyway, this a fine full frame macro... wonderful color and detail... and I like the 'after the rain' freshness, so pretty!!

23 Jul 2015 2:16pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of these pretty flowers. I like the arrangement and the inclusion of other interesting elements. Nice one.

23 Jul 2015 3:03pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful closeup of this gorgeous flower. Excellent. Love this. :)

23 Jul 2015 4:31pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! The centers are superb!

23 Jul 2015 5:12pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful close up of these small flowers and interesting information about the plant ...

23 Jul 2015 8:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of the Yucca blossoms and lots of nice information.

23 Jul 2015 8:44pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What gorgeous flowers! I had a yucca at my old house. The flowers were lovely but this is a spectacular image of them! Great information!

23 Jul 2015 9:29pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

So much and yet nothing happening. Pretty but not memorable.

24 Jul 2015 2:38am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful blooming!

24 Jul 2015 9:37am

L'angevine from Angers, France

bien

24 Jul 2015 10:07am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot with the little drops of water.

24 Jul 2015 1:55pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They are lovely.

25 Jul 2015 12:20am

fereshteh. from Iran

Excellent closeup .

25 Jul 2015 7:09pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Wooow Beautiful inner shapes in this original flower. Nicely composed.

27 Jul 2015 10:46pm