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Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave victoriae-reginae Moore

Agave consideranti Carrière

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Agave nichelsii R. Gosselin

Queen Victoria Agave

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”
Speciesvictoriae-reginae

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Native to a small area in Mexico, these agaves are now endangered. It is named for Queen Victoria, though I cannot figure out why. Does anyone know?

Identification: As agaves go, these are fairly small, 20-28" (50-70 cm) around. They consist of a tight ball of stiff leaves with white edges. Leaves are triangular in cross-section, 6-8" (15-20 cm) long and 1½-2½" (3.8-6.3 cm) wide. The plant produces a spike 10-13' (3-4.0 m) high, the upper half of which contains cream-colored flowers (most agave flowers are yellow), with a touch of red/purple. After about 40 years, the plant flowers once, then, like most agaves, dies.

References:

Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 176

Online References:

Agave victoriae-reginae on Desert-tropicals.com

Agave victoriae-reginae on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

Agave victoriae-reginae at the Columbus Cactus Club

Agave victoriae-reginae at Chris A. Martin's site at Arizona State University

Agave victoriae-reginae at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Agave victoriae-reginae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria Agave)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 16 × 12" (40 × 29 cm)

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