Agave chrysantha

Peebles

Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 48: 139. 1935

Common names: Golden-flowered agave
Synonyms: Agave palmeri var. chrysantha (Peebles) Little
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Mentioned on page 459.
Plants acaulescent, occasionally suckering; rosettes solitary or infrequently cespitose, 0.5–1.2 × 0.8–1 dm, rather open to somewhat dense. Leaves spreading to ascending, 40–75(–82) × (4–)8–10(–11) cm; blade pale to glaucous or yellowish green to green, not cross-zoned, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, rigid, adaxially deeply guttered, abaxially convex; margins undulate to wavy, armed, teeth single, well defined, 4–10 mm, (0.8–)1–3(–4) cm apart, interstitial teeth (0–)1–3(–5), mostly along distal 2/3 of margins; apical spine reddish brown or brown to gray, acicular, 2.5–4.5 cm. Scape 4–7 m. Inflorescences narrowly to broadly paniculate, open, not bulbiferous; bracts persistent, triangular, 1–5 cm; lateral branches (6–)8–18, slightly ascending, comprising distal 1/4–1/3 of inflorescence, longer than 10 cm. Flowers 12–21 per cluster, erect, 3.5–6.5(–6.7) cm; perianth golden yellow, tube not shallow, campanulate, 6–18 × (7–)10–21(–26) mm, limb lobes erect persistent and often leathery during and after anthesis, strongly unequal, (6–)9–15(–18) mm; stamens long-exserted; filaments inserted at 2 levels ca. mid perianth tube, erect, pale yellow, (3.2–)3.5–5 cm; anthers yellow, 7–20 mm; ovary (1.4–)2.2–3(–3.3) cm, neck slightly constricted, (0.5–)4–6(–8) mm. Capsules sessile or short-pedicellate, narrowly oblong to obovoid, 3.5–5 cm, apex short-beaked. Seeds 6–7 mm. 2n = 60.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer.
Habitat: Sandy to gravelly places on granitic or volcanic soils in desert scrub, grasslands, pinyon-juniper, and oak woodlands
Elevation: 700–2100 m

Discussion

Agave chrysantha hybridizes with A. murpheyi, A. palmeri, A. parryi var. couesii, and A. delamateri.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Agave chrysantha"
AuthorJames L. Reveal + and Wendy C. Hodgson +
AuthorityPeebles +
Common nameGolden-flowered agave +
DistributionAriz. +
Elevation700–2100 m +
HabitatSandy to gravelly places on granitic or volcanic soils in desert scrub, grasslands, pinyon-juniper, and oak woodlands +
IllustratorBee F. Gunn +
PhenologyFlowering late spring–summer. +
Publication titleProc. Biol. Soc. Wash. +
Publication year1935 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/9216fc802291cd3df363fd52122300479582ede7/coarse grained fna xml/V26/V26 962.xml +
SynonymsAgave palmeri var. chrysantha +
Taxon familyAgavaceae +
Taxon nameAgave chrysantha +
Taxon parentAgave +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 26 +