Agave macroacantha

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Agave macroacantha
Agave macroacantha 1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave
Species: A. macroacantha
Binomial name
Agave macroacantha
  • Agave flavescens var. macroacantha (Zuccarini) Jacobi 1864
  • Agave flavescens var. macroacantha (Herbert) Jacobi 1865
  • Agave pugioniformis Zucc. 1832
  • Agave flavescens Salm-Dyck 1834
  • Agave macracantha Herbert 1837 (nom. inval.)
  • Agave besseriana Van Houtte 1868
  • Agave subfalcata Jacobi 1869
  • Agave macrantha Jacobi 1869 (nom. inval)
  • Agave besseriana candida Jacobi 1870 (nom. inval)
  • Agave besseriana longifolia glauca Jacobi 1870 (nom. inval)
  • Agave besseriana longifolia viridis Jacobi 1870 (nom. inval)
  • Agave besseriana hystix hort ex Hooker 1871
  • Agave linearis Jacobi 1871
  • Agave oligophylla Backer 1877
  • Agave sudburyensis Backer 1877
  • Agave paucifolia Backer 1878 (Nom. illeg.)
  • Agave integrifolia Backer 1888
  • Agave macracantha var. integrifolia Trelease 1907
  • Agave macracantha var. planifolia A. Berger 1915
  • Agave pugioniformis Zucc. 1833
  • Agave subfalcata Jacobi 1869

Agave macroacantha, the Black-spined Agave is a species of succulent in the Asparagaceae family naturally occurring in Oaxaca and also near the town of Tehuacan in the State of Puebla, Mexico.[3]


Agave macroacantha produces a medium-sized leaf rosette that can be basal or can grow on a very short stem. Leaves are succulent, greyish green and up to 1.8 feet long at a maximum, ending in sharp black spines that are up to 1.2 inches long at the tips. Flowers are small, grey and red, growing in bunches on sturdy stems of up to 3 m (10 feet) in height.[4]


The plant prefers a dry, sunny and hot location for summer and from early autumn onwards a cooler, well-lit space. It likes regular watering in summer and only minimum watering in winter, and will fare well in a large pot with sparse, gravelly soil.[5][1] [6]


  1. ^ a b Cactus Art Nursery, Agave macroacantha viridis
  2. ^ The Plant List, Agave macroacantha
  3. ^ Zuccarini, Joseph Gerhard. Nova Acta Physico-medica Academiae Caesareae Leopoldino-Carolinae Naturae Curiosorum Exhibentia Ephemerides sive Observationes Historias et Experimenta 16(2): 676. 1833.
  4. ^ Gentry, Howard Scott. Agaves of Continental North America. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1992.
  5. ^ San Marcos Growers, Agave macroacantha
  6. ^ Jurassic Agave macroacantha, image.
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Succulents by Zdenek Jezek and Libor Kunte