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A spectacular, solitary Yucca, discovered and described by Ignacio Piña Luján in 1989 from the Mexican States of Querétaro and Hidalgo, where it grows in dry scrubland on steep slopes between 1000 and 1300 m (3300 and 4300 ft.). Its dense crown consists of hundreds of pale green, very narrow, stiff, pointed leaves that are arranged in a perfectly symmetrical crown. The slender trunks can reach about 5 m (16 ft.) tall and are completely covered in a skirt of dried old leaves. In cultivation it is still extremely rare as seeds are almost never found. It is not difficult to grow though and will thrive in most warm temperate climates, given a sunny site with excellent drainage.