Agave maculata

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Agave maculata Hook.

Agavaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: dry

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

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate-lanceolate

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 maculata is a succulent shrub.

Naming

Taxonomy

Agave maculata 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 shrubs reach heights of 12 to 20 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Agave maculata is evergreen. The simple leaves are basal. They are ovate-lanceolate with serrulate margins and parallel venation. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.

Flowers and Fruits

Agave maculata produces white funnel-shaped flowers from April to July. The plants are hermaphroditic.

The shrubs produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Agave maculata is native to North Mexico and South Texas.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady 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

The ornamental value of Agave maculata lies especially in its fragrance.

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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