All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Yucca</strong>
<em>Yucca flaccida</em> /Agave Family<br>
Yucca plants are often found growing at old home sites. Some, like these plants, are used as ornamentals.These flowers have a symbiotic relationship with the yucca moth, the only pollin...
Yucca
Yucca flaccida /Agave Family

Yucca plants are often found growing at old home sites. Some, like these plants, are used as ornamentals.These flowers have a symbiotic relationship with the yucca moth, the only pollinator they have. The female moth lays her eggs in the ovaries of these flowers, next she stuffs a ball of pollen into the ovary which seals in the eggs and pollinates the flower. The caterpillars eat some of the unripe seeds when they hatch.
Perennial
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains, University of Tennessee Arboretum

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