Rep. (Annual) Missouri Bot. Gard. 22: 95, plates 98, 99. 1912
Phenology: Flowering summer–early fall.
Habitat: Gravelly to rocky, often calcareous places in grasslands, desert scrub, and pinyon juniper woodlands
Elevation: 1200–1900 m
N.Mex., Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua).
Agave gracilipes probably represents an ancient hybrid involving A. lechuguilla and A. parryi subsp. neomexicana. In fact, hybrids between A. gracilipes and A. lechuguilla appear to occur at present. However, until populations of A. gracilipes are thoroughly studied cytologically, we are reluctant to designate this taxon as a hybrid species (e.g., see 8. A. ×arizonica).