Agave chiapensis

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Agave chiapensis
Agave chiapensis whole.jpg
In bloom
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave
Species: A. chiapensis
Binomial name
Agave chiapensis
Jacobi
Synonyms[1]
  • Agave teopiscana Matuda

Agave chiapensis is a species of agave native to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. It has also been reported from Costa Rica and Guatemala.[2]

It is a medium-sized agave, with spreading rosettes of light green leaves that are variable but tend toward the ovate. The teeth of the leaf margins are deltoid and may be found either small (3–4 mm) and closely spaced, or larger (5–10 mm) and further apart. The strong terminal spine of the leaf is 2-3.5 cm in length.

The flower spike typically reaches 2 meters in height, with the flowers spread along the upper 1/3 to 1/4 of its length. The flowers are 60–70 mm long, yellow or green in color but flushed with red or purple shading, as well as the bractlets, giving an overall darker appearance. The filaments are also dark and at 70–80 mm extend far out of the flower, with 30-mm anthers on the ends.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Plant List, Agave chiapensis
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Life
  3. ^ Howard Scott Gentry, Agaves of Continental North America (University of Arizona Press, 1982)