Agave lechuguilla Torrey

In nature the Agave with the widest area of distribution. Poisonous to cattle. Visually not very appealing plant

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First Description


Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Botany 2(1): 213, 1859




Synonyms


Agave coerulescens Salm-Dyck (1859)
    (Bonplandia 7: 92, 1859)




Agave coerulescens var. grisea Jacobi (1866)
    (Hamburger Garten- und Blumenzeitung 22: 60, 1866)




Agave lophantha var. angustifolia Berger (1915)
    (Die Agaven: 93, 1915)




Agave lophantha var. brevifolia Jacobi (1866)
    (Hamburger Garten- und Blumenzeitung 22: 62, 1866)




Agave lophantha var. gracilior Jacobi (1866)
    (Hamburger Garten- und Blumenzeitung 22: 62, 1866)




Agave lophantha var. pallida Berger (1915)
    (Die Agaven: 93, 1915)




Agave lophantha var. poselgeri (Salm-Dyck) Berger (1915)
    (Die Agaven: 93-94, 1915)




Agave lophantha var. subcanescens Jacobi (1866)
    (Hamburger Garten- und Blumenzeitung 22: 62, 1866)




Agave lophantha var. tamaulipasana Berger (1915)
    (Die Agaven: 94, 1915)




Agave multilineata Baker (1888)
    (Handbook of the Amaryllideae: 168, 1888)




Agave poselgeri Salm-Dyck (1859)
    (Bonplandia 7: 92, 1859)




Agave univittata var. angustifolia (Berger) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. brevifolia (Jacobi) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. cerulescens (Salm-Dyck) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. foliis striatis Hort. ex Besaucèle
    (nom. inval., Art. 24.2)



Agave univittata var. gracilior (Jacobi) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. recurvispinis Hort. ex Besaucèle



Agave univittata var. subcanescens (Jacobi) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. tamaulipasana (Berger) Jacobsen (1973)
    (National Cactus & Succulent Journal of Great Britain 28(1): 4, 1973)




Agave univittata var. viridis Hort. ex Besaucèle



Agave univittata var. zonata Hort. ex Besaucèle




Literature


Gentry, H. S.: Agaves of Continental North America: 154-157, 1982



Silva-Montellano, A. & Eguiarte, L. E.: Geographic Patterns in the Reproductive Ecology of Agave lechuguilla in the Chihuahuan Desert I, 2003



Silva-Montellano, A. & Eguiarte, L. E.: Geographic Patterns in the Reproductive Ecology of Agave lechuguilla in the Chihuahuan Desert II, 2003




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Only field data publicly available is shown! Detailed personal field data only available to scientists with special permission!


Basic Data

Subgenus

Littaea

Section

Marginatae

Diameter

up to 60cm

Inflorescence

200-350cm

Flower Color

yellow

Flowering Time

December - February

Reproduction

many suckers, seed

Common Name

Ixtle


Natural Location

Occurrence

Texas, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Hidalgo, Mexico

 

Rocky to sandy locations with good drainage, full sun. Long periods of complete dryness


Remarks

Quite variable species with a wide range

Forms together with Agave albomarginata, Agave difformis, Agave lophantha, and Agave funkiana a very variable complex



 

Young

Adult

Inflorescence

Flower

Various

Various

Various

 

 


Indoor Summer

Exposition

sunny

Watering

plenty


Indoor Winter

Temperature

keep over 6°C / 43°F

Soil

keep totally dry


Outdoor

Sun Tolerance

Hydration

Hardiness