Agave parviflora Torr.
Smallflower agave, smallflower century plant
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|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||parviflora||From Greek parvus, “small,” and flora, “flower”|
About plant names...
This species is native to a small area of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.
It is threatened by loss of habitat.
Identification: For agaves, at least, these are just little
fellers, 4-6" (10-15 cm) tall and 6-8" (15-20 cm) around. They may be solitary
plants or growing in dense tufts that probably originated from a single plant. Leaves are
2-4" (5-10 cm) long and less than ½" (1.3 cm) wide, dark green, with white imprints from
the bud. Short, curly white filaments like those in yuccas are present. Yellow flowers
appear atop a spike 3-6' (91-182 cm) tall. About two years after flowering, the plant dies,
like most other agaves.
Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 149
The Center for Plant Conversation
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Agave parviflora description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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5/11/2008 · Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan · By KENPEI
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