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Dasylirion acrotrichum

Dasylirion acrotrichum
Dasylirion acrotrichum
Dasylirion acrotrichum
Dasylirion acrotrichum

One last series of photographs from David Tarrant for the time being (thanks yet again, David). David writes: “This is Dasylirion acrotrichum, locally known as cucharilla. The flower spike photographs were taken much earlier this year. The base of the leaves has an attractive spoon shape (cucharilla means “little spoon” in Spanish). The leaf bases are collected to decorate structures called suchiles (spelling? I couldn't find other references – Daniel) and other religious offerings as seen on this one in El Charco del Ingenio from earlier this year.”

Two English common names for this species are green desert spoon and frayed sotol. Frayed is in reference to the leaf-tips, as the leaves terminate with several strands of dry fibrous tissue; photographs of the foliage can be seen on the Dasylirion page of Andrea and Friedrich Lohmüller's site.

Dasylirion acrotrichum is endemic to the deserts of Mexico. If you plan to do more online research on this species, note that the name Dasylirion acrotriche is also often used.


In case anyone is wondering, the bird is Toxostoma curvirostre (Curve-billed Thrasher).

Also, the blue-green foliage embedded in the 'suchiles' is Cupressus lusitanica (Mexican Cypress), and the pads a species of Opuntia (the fruit of which is what is attracting the thrashers).

Thanks, Daniel and Michael.

Thanks again for all of the beautiful pictures and your faithfulness in maintaining this website.


i tried spelling it "zuchiles" and found this
mexican folk art site. cool stuff...especially near
dia de lost muertos!

delightful postig and the comments are helpful
i have a zoom button on this machine and
i came up to 200 and i can see flying insects?
with little feet and wings in picture two
i hope the folk tale is interesting how is
picture three made number four is a real
keeper what is the red in the right upper
corner looks like a red pepper but i
doubt if i am correct thank you david and daniel

Elizabeth, if you look at a close up of the flower, you will see bees all over the flower. The flying insects you see in the other photo are bees. (Very happy bees, probably)

'Maravilhoso' post and photos! Tnanks for the links.

Very impresive. All the Photographs are really great. I especially like the hummingbird.
I have the name David Tarrant however can not connect where and how I know his name. Also not from UBC. Perhaps, television, books etc.
Thank you,

Hello Margaret-Rae (and thank you for all the comments, by the way!),

Yes, you might know David from his books, but it is more likely you somehow picked up a Canadian television feed and saw the Canadian Gardener TV show. David was involved as a host or cohost for sixteen(?) years. I missed out on a chance to be on it - it was canceled the year I started at the garden.

Thank you Daniel. I remember now about David. We have a PBS show called the "Victory Garden" out of Boston and a show host from the Victory West in Laguna Beach Ca went up to BC to interviw him. This was over 8 years ago. I found the interview on one of my old VCR tapes. Thank you for jogging my mind. I am so enjoying the Photgraph of the day and I am learning for each picture and what is talked about.
Thank you for all you do to make this possiable,

"Zuchiles" = Xochitl = xuchiles = flower´s. arc-shaped structure with flowers... that adorns the entrance of churches or oratories in festivities
I'm not speak inglishhhh jajajajaja

Hola tus fotos estan bellas..quiero saber si tienen mas información sobre esta especie y su uso, estoy haciendo una investigación etnobotánica sobre la especie (Dasylirion acrotriche) en el estado de Hidalgo México, para concluir mi tesis de maestría....por favor si tienen ustedes un articulo sobre esto les agradecería me informaran como conseguirlo o si me lo pueden enviar gracias.
o si saben de alguien que pueda ayudar a conseguir informacion...

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