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Agave utahensis var. eborispina

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
Species: Agave utahensisView Description 

Common Name: UTAH AGAVE
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.

Agave utahensis var. eborispina (Hester) Breitung
Habit: Rosettes 1.5--3 dm. Leaf: 15--30 cm, olive-green, marginal teeth 6--12(15) mm, tip-spine 10--20 cm, ivory-white.
Ecology: Desert scrub [to conifer woodland] on calcareous outcrops; Elevation: 1100--1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: ne DMoj (Nopah Range); Distribution Outside California: Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Agave eborispina Hester
eFlora Treatment Author: James L. Reveal
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Citation for this treatment: James L. Reveal 2016. Agave utahensis var. eborispina, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Agave utahensis var. eborispina
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Agave utahensis var. eborispina
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Agave utahensis var. eborispina
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© 2006 James M. Andre

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Geographic subdivisions for Agave utahensis var. eborispina:
ne DMoj (Nopah Range);
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