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Agave stricta

Agave stricta, 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 stricta

Agave stricta Salm-Dyck, 1859

Bonapartea stricta (Salm-Dyck) Vukot., Rad Jugoslav. Akad. Znan. 27: 213 (1871).
Agave striata var. stricta (Salm-Dyck) Baker, Gard. Chron., n.s., 8: 556 (1877).
Agave striata f. stricta (Salm-Dyck) Voss, Vilm. Blumengärtn. ed. 3, 1: 1037 (1895).
Agave striata subsp. stricta (Salm-Dyck) B.Ullrich, Kakteen And. Sukk. 41: 89 (1990).
Agave echinoides Jacobi, Abh. Schles. Ges. Vaterl. Cult., Abth. Naturwiss. 1: 163 (1868).
Agave striata var. echinoides (Jacobi) Baker, Gard. Chron., n.s., 8: 556 (1877).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico (NW. Oaxaca, SW. Puebla)

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

Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, J. zu, 1859. Bonplandia (Hannover) 7: 94


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Agave stricta 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 stricta. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 05 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Agave stricta in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 05. 2019. Agave stricta. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 05.

Vernacular names
español: rabo de león

Agave stricta, the hedgehog agave, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Puebla and Oaxaca in Southern Mexico.[4] Growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall, it is an evergreen succulent with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves producing erect racemes, 2 m (7 ft) long, of reddish purple flowers in summer.[5][6] The foliage may develop a red tinge in the summer. The plant is also known to produce pincushion-like offsets as it grows.[7]

The Latin specific epithet stricta means erect, or upright.[8]

With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), this plant requires heated indoor culture during winter in temperate regions, though it may be placed outside during the summer months. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9][10] As with most succulents, it prefers full sun and well drained soils, and may develop root rot if overwatered.[11]

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