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Key to Agave

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(For a list of species in Agave, use the above link.)

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1. Inflorescence raceme-like; filaments white, ± from base of perianth tube tip-spine 4–20 cm ..... A. utahensis

2. Leaf tip-spine ivory-white, 10–20 cm ..... var. eborispina

2' Leaf tip-spine brown to ± white, 4–8.5 cm ..... var. nevadensis

1' Inflorescence panicle-like; filaments yellow, from middle of perianth tube or above; leaf tip-spine 2–4 cm

3. Leaf narrow-ovate; perianth 6–10 cm,  17–40 mm; fruit 5.5–7 cm; s SCo (sw San Diego Co.) ..... A. shawii var. shawii

3' Leaf lance-linear to ; perianth 3–6 cm, lobes 13–20 mm; fruit 3–6 cm; DMtns (San Bernardino Co.), DSon ..... A. deserti

4. Perianth tube 3–5 mm, bell-shaped; filaments ± from top of perianth tube;  many; DSon ..... var. deserti

4' Perianth tube (3)5–10 mm, ; filaments from above middle of perianth tube;  1; DMtns (San Bernardino Co.) ..... var. simplex


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