Agave deserti ssp. deserti
Agave deserti var. deserti
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Liliidae||Includes lilies, orchids, and many others|
|Order||Asparagales||A diverse group that includes asparagus|
|Family||Asparagaceae||Agaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others|
|Genus||Agave||From Greek, meaning “noble”|
|Species||deserti||“Of or from the desert”|
|ssp.||deserti||Like I said...|
About plant names...
This species is native to southern California and Mexico.
Identification: Agave deserti usually grows in tight clumps,
but this subspecies is often solitary. Rosettes are 12-19" (30-48 cm) high and 16-24" (40-60 cm) around.
Leaves are 8-16" (20-40 cm) long and 1¾-3" (5-8 cm) wide,
grayish or bluish green, with toothed edges, and often with bands of varying color across the width of the leaves. Flowering
stalks are 6½-13' (2-4 m) tall. Individual flowers are yellow, 1-2" (3-6 cm) long, appearing
from March to July.
Ingram, Stephen, Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of California and Nevada, Cachuma Press, 2008, p. 148
Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 115
Agave deserti ssp. deserti on Desert-tropicals.com
Agave deserti ssp. deserti on eFloras
Agave deserti ssp. deserti on Plants of San Diego County, California
Agave deserti ssp. deserti description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
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2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
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