Agave lechuguilla

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Agave lechuguilla Torr.

Agavaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Amaryllidales

Agave lechuguilla is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Agave lechuguilla was described by John Torrey. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Agave lechuguilla is a species in the genus Agave which contains approximately 257 to 341 species and belongs to the family of the Agavaceae (Century-plant Family). The type species of the genus is Agave americana.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 30 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

Agave lechuguilla is evergreen. The simple leaves are basal.

Flowers and Fruits

Agave lechuguilla produces ligth-yellow funnel-shaped flowers from February to April.

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Agave lechuguilla is native to North Mexico and Texas.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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