Agave cupreata

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Agave cupreata
Agave cupreata.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave
A. cupreata
Binomial name
Agave cupreata
Trel. & Berger

Agave cupreata is a species of plant in the Asparagaceae family, and is found only on mountain slopes of the Rio Balsas basin in the Mexican states of Michoacán and Guerrero at elevations of 1,200-1,800 meters.[1] A. cupreata is a long-lived plant with mature leaves reaching between 40–80 cm in length and a flowering stalk of 4–7 m.[1] The age of maturity for A. cupreata is variable, but generally occurs at any time from 5–15 years.[2] A monocarpic perennial which does not reproduce clonally, A. cupreata allocates its accumulated resources toward the production of a single inflorescence and dies following the production of seeds.[3]

Communities in the mountains of Guerrero harvest and make mezcal out of Agave cupreata, known locally as maguey papalote.[2]


  1. ^ a b Gentry, H.S., 1982. Agaves of Continental North America. The University of Arizona press, Tucson, Arizona.
  2. ^ a b Illsley, C., Tlacotempa, A., Rivera, G., Morales, P., Garcia, J., Casarrubias, L., Calzada, M., Calzada, R., Carranca, C., Flores, J., Omar, E., 2005. Maguey papalote: para todo mal, mezcal; para todo bien, tambien. In: Lopez, C., Chanfon, S., Segura, G. (Eds.), La riqueza de los bosques mexicanos: mas alla de la madera. SEMARNAT, Mexico.
  3. ^ Nobel, P.S., 1988. Environmental Biology of Agaves and Cacti. Cambridge University Press, New York.