Agave deserti

Agave deserti Engelmann

Desert Agave
Agavaceae [Asparagaceae] - Asparagales

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Protologue: Trans. Acad. Sci. St. Louis 3: 310 (1875)
A-gá-ve dé-ser-ti
Etymology: from Gr. agauos, admirable, noble + of or from the desert

Jepson eFlora Treatment

Jepson eFlora Key to Agave taxa

SD County Synoptic Voucher

Note: Two varieties in California, only Agave deserti var. deserti occurring in San Diego County.

Key to varieties of Agave deserti: (from the Jepson eFlora)

Perianth tube 3–5 mm, bell-shaped; filaments ± from top of perianth tube; rosettes many; DSon ..... var. deserti
Perianth tube (3)5–10 mm, funnel-shaped ; filaments from above middle of perianth tube; rosette 1; DMtns (San Bernardino Co.) ..... var. simplex

Left: S.D. County Plant Atlas ( Middle: SEINet (
Right: CCH2. Click to see current herbarium records.  

Agave deserti habit
Agave deserti var. deserti
Whole plant, in flower, acaulescent, with basal leaves, a tall, paniculate inflorescence.

Agave deserti leaf rosette
Agave deserti var. deserti
Close-up of basal rosette of spine-tipped leaves. Note impression scar of adjacent leaves.

Agave deserti inflorescence
Agave deserti var. deserti
Inflorescence, paniculate.

Agave deserti flower close-up
Agave deserti var. deserti
Flowers. Note long stamens and style, inferior ovary.

Agave deserti infructescence
Agave deserti var. deserti
Dead plants with persistent infructescence; fruits are loculidical capsules.

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