The elephantipes is a natural cassava in Central America that extends from the southwestern territory of the present United States. The specific name refers to the special shape of the base of the trunk, similar to the leg of the elephant.
Cassava was for the American Indians what is bamboo for Asians given its multiple applications: used to make clothes and ropes with their leaves, the roots of this plant were exploited in turn as food by many Indian western tribes of America Central and parts of North America. The flowers of this plant were also consumed over time by indigenous people in the regions where it lives, usually cooked and eaten as vegetables. Thus, the yuccas were also employed in the ceremonies of the Navajo and Hopi Indians.