Agave deserti var. simplex

(Gentry) W. C. Hodgson & Reveal

Novon 11: 413. 2001

Common names: Simple desert agave
Basionyms: Agave deserti subsp. simplex Gentry
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 459. Mentioned on page 448, 449.
Plants rarely with 1–3 suckers; rosettes usually solitary, compact. Leaves (20–)25–60 × 4.5–10 cm; blade greenish, lanceolate; margins undulate to crenate; apical spine 3–4 cm. Scape 4–6 m. Perianth tube funnelform, (3–)5–10 mm; filaments inserted above middle but well within tube. 2n = 60.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Sandy to gravelly or rocky places in desert scrub and pinyon juniper woodlands
Elevation: 300–1500 m


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Ariz., Calif., nw Mexico.


Variety simplex hybridizes with A. schottii var. schottii and possibly with A. mckelveyana.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.