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Dale W. McNeal, except as noted

Perennial herb, shrub, tree, fibrous succulent or not, from bulbs or rhizomes. Stem: above ground or not, branched or not. Leaf: simple, deciduous or not, basal or in terminal rosettes, generally sessile, linear, lanceolate, oblanceolate or ovate, fibrous or not, thin and flexible or thick and rigid or succulent; margin entire, fine-serrate, dentate, or with filaments, tips rigid or flexible, with a spine or not. Flower: bisexual; perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, free or ± fused; stamens 6, ± fused to perianth, filaments often wide, succulent; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, style 1 (thick, poorly defined), stigma head-like or 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, indehiscent, loculicidal, or septicidal. Seed: few to many, ± flat or ovoid, generally black.
23 genera, 637 species: worldwide. —Scientific Editors: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti.

Key to Agavaceae

1. Generally shrub- or tree-like; leaves thick, generally rigid

2. Ovary inferior; perianth yellow to green-yellow ..... AGAVE

2' Ovary superior; perianth white or cream to ± green, purple-tinged or -tipped or not, or red-brown abaxially, ± white adaxially

3. Fruit erect, loculicidal; peduncle generally > 2.5 cm wide, bracts generally reflexed; stigma head-like ..... HESPEROYUCCA

3' Fruit erect or pendent, tardily septicidal or generally indehiscent; peduncle generally < 2 cm wide, bracts generally ascending; stigma 3-lobed ..... YUCCA

1' Perennial herb, generally not shrub- or tree-like; leaves thin, flexible

4. Stem not evident above ground — leaves, flowers tufted ..... LEUCOCRINUM

4' Stem evident above ground

5. Inflorescence a panicle

6. Style thread-like, deciduous; perianth twisted together above ovary in fruit ..... CHLOROGALUM

6' Style ± stout, persistent; perianth not twisted together above fruit ..... HASTINGSIA (2)

5' Inflorescence a raceme

7. Perianth parts < 1 cm, white (green-white) to ± yellow or ± purple ..... HASTINGSIA (2)

7' Perianth parts 1.2–6 cm, white or blue to ± purple

8. Perianth parts blue to ± purple (white), fused < 5% of length; scapose; leaf margins not wavy ..... CAMASSIA

8' Perianth parts white with silver-green midstripe especially abaxially, fused ± 25% of length; not scapose; leaf margins wavy ..... HESPEROCALLIS


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