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Agave scabra

Agave scabra, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave
Species: Agave scabra

Agave scabra Ortega, Nov. Rar. Pl. Descr. Dec.: 13. 1797.

Manfreda scabra (Ortega) McVaugh, Fl. Novo-Galiciana 15: 234 (1989).
Agave brachystachys Cav., Descr. Pl.: 453 (1802).
Agave spicata DC., Cat. Pl. Horti Monsp.: 74 (1813), nom. illeg.
Agave polyanthoides Schltdl. & Cham., Linnaea 6: 55 (1831).
Agave saponaria Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 24(Misc.): 76 (1838).
Agave humilis M.Roem., Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 4: 285 (1847).
Agave polianthoides M.Roem., Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 4: 286 (1847), orth. var.
Agave brachystachys var. strictior Jacobi & C.D.Bouché, Hamburger Garten- Blumenzeitung 21: 558 (1865).
Agave sessiliflora Hemsl., Diagn. Pl. Nov. Mexic.: 55 (1880).
Agave langlassei André, Rev. Hort. (Paris) 73: 349 (1901).
Manfreda brachystachys (Cav.) Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 8: 20 (1903).
Manfreda oliveriana Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 8: 21 (1903).
Agave oliveriana (Rose) A.Berger, Agaven: 34 (1915).
Manfreda sessiliflora (Hemsl.) Matuda, Anales Inst. Biol. Univ. Nac. México 31: 66 (1961).
Polianthes brachystachys (Cav.) Shinners, Sida 2: 337 (1966).
Polianthes oliveriana (Rose) Shinners, Sida 2: 337 (1966).
Manfreda malinaltenangensis Matuda, Cact. Suc. Mex. 21: 74 (1976).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest.
Continental: Southern America
Regional: Central America
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Ortega, C.G. 1797. Novarum, aut Rariorum Plantarum Horti Reg. Botan. Matrit. Descriptionum Decades: 13


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Agave scabra in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 05. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Agave scabra. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 05 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Agave scabra in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 05.
Tropicos.org 2019. Agave scabra. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 05.

Vernacular names
English: rough leaved agave

Agave scabra (synonym Manfreda scabra), also known as rough leaved agave, is a member of the subfamily Agavoideae.[1][2]

Agave scabra has rosettes growing 0.7–1 metre (2.3–3.3 ft) in height and 1.5–2 metres (4.9–6.6 ft) in width.[2] It is similar in form to many other agaves. The rosettes are suckering.

The glaucous bluish-green leaves are mostly reflexed and rough (like sand-paper). The inflorescence is up to 4.5 metres (15 ft) in height, with yellow flowers during the summer.[2]

It is native to the Chihuahuan Desert and surrounding regions, in northeastern Mexico and Texas.[2] It grows from 500–1,500 metres (1,600–4,900 ft) in elevation.[2]

"Agave scabra", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2019-04-13
llifle.com: Manfreda scabra

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