Novon11: 410, fig. 1. 2001
Phenology: Flowering early summer.
Habitat: Sandy to gravelly places with desert scrub
Elevation: 700–1100 m
Agave phillipsiana is known from only four sites within Grand Canyon National Park. All are found on terraces along permanent waterways. Three of the sites are near pre-Columbian agricultural features or habitation sites. Two sites occur near a Kayenta-Anasazi Pueblo cliff dwelling (a.d. 1000–1150), on a terrace presumably once farmed by the early inhabitants. Agave phillipsiana possesses traits that would be advantageous to those harvesting it for food, since it is a plant that freely offsets and has open rosettes with large, long leaves that are easily cut. The species is possibly an ancient cultivar selected by pre-Columbian people from populations related to A. palmeri, A. colorata Gentry, or other closely related taxa.
|Author||James L. Reveal + and Wendy C. Hodgson +|
|Common name||Phillips agave +|
|Elevation||700–1100 m +|
|Habitat||Sandy to gravelly places with desert scrub +|
|Illustrator||Bee F. Gunn +|
|Phenology||Flowering early summer. +|
|Taxon name||Agave phillipsiana +|
|Taxon parent||Agave +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 26 +|