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Perennial, 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
Shrub-like, stem often short, forming basal rosettes, scapose, often rhizomed, generally dying after flower.Key to Agave
Leaf: long-lived, sessile, lance- linear to ovate, thick, generally rigid, often fleshy, glabrous, armed with marginal teeth, spine at tip.
Inflorescence: panicle-, raceme-, or spike-like, bracted, often with bulblets.
Flower:  paired, or in clusters of 3–40; perianth generally funnel- or bell-shaped, yellow to green-yellow, parts petal-like, 6 in 2 whorls, fused basally, lobes erect to ascending or ± spreading distally; stamens 6; ovary inferior, 3-chambered.
Fruit: oblong to ovoid, often beaked, loculicidal.
Seed: many, ± flat, black.
± 200 species: warm, tropical America. (Greek: noble, for imposing stature) [Reveal & Hodgson 2002 FNANM 26:442–461]
Unabridged note: Cult material may be identified using Gentry 1982 Agaves of Continental North America. Univ. AZ Press.
St 0–0.4 m; rosettes 1 or many, 3–7 dm.
Leaf: lance- linear to lanceolate, marginal teeth 2–3 mm or 5–8 mm, generally 1.5–3 cm apart, tip- spine 2–4 cm.
Inflorescence: panicle-like, 2–6 m including peduncle; bracts 8–15 cm, triangular, persistent; branches 6–15, generally 10–20 cm; flowers 12–48 per cluster.
Flower: perianth 3–6 cm, lobes 13–20 mm, equal; stamens long- exserted, filaments 2.5–3.5(4.2) cm, yellow, anthers 13–21 mm; ovary 1.6–4 cm.
Fruit: 3–6 cm.
Seed: 5–6 mm. [Online Interchange]
Leaf: 25–40 cm, ± gray.
Flower: perianth tube 3–5 mm, bell-shaped; filaments ± from top of tube.
Sandy to rocky slopes, washes in desert scrub; 300–1500 m. Sonoran Desert;
Previous taxon: Agave deserti
Next taxon: Agave deserti var. simplex
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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