Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Golden Flowered Agave.
Asparagus (Asparagaceae) family.
Common Name: Golden Flowered Agave. Duration: Perennial. Nativity: Native. Lifeform: Succulent. General: Perennial scapose succulents, small compact rosettes to large and open, grayish to yellowish green 0.5-1 m tall, 0.8-1.8 m wide, usually single, infrequently suckering. Leaves: Linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, usually narrowed below middle, widest in middle, straight, deeply guttered, margin nearly straight to repand, 40-75 by 8-10 cm; larger teeth 1-3 cm apart, 5-10 mm long, straight or flexed, smaller teeth toward base and interstitial; slender spine, 25-45 mm long, brown to gray in age. Flowers: Panicles 4-7 m tall, small, narrow, with 8-18 small congested umbels in upper quarter to third of shaft; yellow flowers, 40-55 mm, ovary 22-30 mm long, slender with short constricted neck; tube 8-13 mm deep, 10-12 mm wide with bulging angles, narrowly grooved, thick-walled; dimorphic tepals, thick, 9-15 mm long, shorter to longer than tube, rarely red tipped. Fruits: Capsule, 35-50 mm by 13-15 mm, linear oblong to obovoid, apiculate, walls thin. Ecology: Found on granitic and volcanic mountain slopes from 3,000-6,000 ft (914-1829 m); flowers spring-summer. Notes: This species is thought to be the halfway species between A. palmeri and A. parryi, appears to be more closely related to A. palmeri (Gentry 1982). Ethnobotany: Unknown, but other species in genus have many uses. Etymology: Agave is from Greek agauos, admirable, noble, while chrysantha means with golden flowers.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Location: Beside main tram road 0.5 mile from Visitor Center.
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