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Agave stricta

Agave stricta Salm-Dyck

Agave echinoides Jacobi

Agave striata var. stricta Baker

Rabo de León

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”
Speciesstricta“Upright”

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Agave stricta is native to Mexico.

Identification: These agaves are said to resemble giant sea urchins or balled up hedgehogs. I’ll go with the hedgehog comparison. While most agaves contain a couple of dozen leaves, this one contains hundreds. They tend to grow in dense colonies. Plants are rounded mounds up to 24" (60 cm) high and 3' (1 m) around, with leaves 10-20" (25-50 cm) long and ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) around. In cross section, the leaves are rhomboidal: like a skewed rectangle, but with top and bottom depressed. Flowers form crooked spikes up to 8' (2.4 m) in height. The flowering spike is crooked, 5-8' (1.5-2.4 m) tall, with reddish-purple flowers that bloom between July and August.

References:

Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 168

Online References:

Agave stricta on Desert-tropicals.com

Agave stricta on Cactus Mania

Agave stricta on Agave Plant

Agave stricta on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

Agave stricta on Flickr

Agave stricta on Horticopia

Agave stricta on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Agave stricta description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Agave stricta (Rabo de León)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-10:

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