Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange for California Floristics    
Agave americana L.
AGAVACEAE (genus previously included in Liliaceae)
Initial Editorial Analysis 21 Feb 2002
Source of Report for California Munz, P.A. 1974. A Flora of Southern California. Univ. of California Press, Berkeley, as cited in Kartesz & Meacham
Initial Editorial Comments in no way mentioned in Munz, Munz Supplement, The Jepson Manual [Ed. 1]; "Planted as an ornamental and establishing itself on dumps and in waste places." in Munz Southern California Flora
Correspondence and Comments Subsequent to Initial Analysis
Correspondence 1 $ 8 Feb 2002, from Margriet Wetherwax see Comment 1
Editorial Comments 1 Correspondence 1 indicates that, according to Dale McNeal, The Jepson Manual [Ed. 1] author of various Liliaceae excluding Agave, Agave americana L. does not occur in the wild outside of Mexico according to Gentry (1982. Agaves of Continental North America. Univ. of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ).
Correspondence 2 7 Mar 2005 e-mail from James L. Reveal see Comment 2
Editorial Comments 2 Correspondence 2 indicates that Agave americana L. subsp. americana var. expansa (Jacobi) Gentry, the only expression of this species in CA, is cultivated and might have escaped and might be naturalized in the southern part of the state, but Reveal [The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2] Author] has no direct evidence this is so.
Editorial Summary and Current Status
Editorial Summary rejection, evidently not naturalized in CA, a cultivated plant
Current Status JFP-9, accepted name for plant occurring in CA only under cultivation (e.g., as crop, ornamental, or experimental plant)
Current Status Authority Bruce G. Baldwin, as Editor, Jepson Flora Project, and Margriet Wetherwax, as Managing Editor, Jepson Interchange Project
Current Status Date 21 Feb 2002
List of names for this Current Status category
List of ICPN names in Agave
List of names from ICPN, Hrusa's Crosswalk, and Jepson Flora in Agave

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