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Agave utahensis

Higher Taxonomy
Family: AgavaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 23 genera, 637 species: worldwide.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AgaveView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub-like, stem often short, forming basal rosettes, scapose, often rhizomed, generally dying after flowering. 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: [1] 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.
Species In Genus: +- 200 species: warm, tropical America. Etymology: (Greek: noble, for imposing stature)
Unabridged Note: Cult material may be identified using Gentry 1982 Agaves of Continental N. America. Univ. Arizona Press.
eFlora Treatment Author: James L. Reveal

Agave utahensis Engelm.
Habit: Stem 0; rosette generally 1. Leaf: [12]15--30[50] cm, lance-linear, marginal teeth 4--12(15) mm, 1--4 cm apart, tip-spine [2]4--20 cm. Inflorescence: raceme-like, 2--4 m including peduncle; bracts 4--8 cm, narrow-triangular, not persistent; branches 50--75[+], generally 0.5--5 cm; flowers 2--8 per cluster. Flower: perianth 2.3--4.3 cm, tube 6.5--10[11.5] mm, bell-shaped, lobes +- equal, 7--12 mm; stamens +- exserted, filaments 1.3--2.4 cm, +- from base of tube, white, anthers 5--12 mm; ovary 1.2--2.5 cm. Fruit: 1--2.5 cm. Seed: 2--4 mm.
Note: Other subspecies, varieties in Nevada, Utah, Arizona.
eFlora Treatment Author: James L. Reveal
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Citation for this treatment: James L. Reveal 2017. Agave utahensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on March 29, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on March 29, 2017.

Agave utahensis
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© 2003 James M. Andre
Agave utahensis
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© 2003 James M. Andre

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Geographic subdivisions for Agave utahensis:
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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