Agave palmeri

Agave palmeri

Agave palmeri is a species of the genus Agave ( Agave ). An English common name is " Palmer's Agave ".


Agave palmeri forms open rosettes and sometimes forms sparse foothills. It reaches heights of growth from 50 to 120 centimeters and a diameter of 100 to 120 centimeters. The variable, rinnigen, linear to lanceolate, light green to bluish, leaves are 35-75 cm long and 7-10 cm wide. The wavy leaf margins are toothed variable. The brown Enddorn is 3-6 cm long.

The Rispige slim, wide, straight inflorescence is 3 to 5 m high. The narrow yellow to greenish flowers are 45-55 mm long and appear at the top of the inflorescence of irregularly arranged branches. The flower tube is 12 to 14 mm long.

The oblong-shaped capsule dreikammerigen fruits are 35-60 mm long and 18-20 mm wide. The flat, black seeds 5 to 7 mm long and 4-5 mm wide.

The flowering period extends from June to August.

Systematics and distribution

Agave palmeri grows in Arizona and New Mexico in the United States and in Mexico in Sonora and Chihuahua in limestone slopes, in grassland and woodland in 900-1800 m altitude. It is associated with numerous Cactus and Succulent species.

The first description by George Engelmann was published in 1875.

Agave palmeri is a representative of the section Ditepalae. It shows the typical for this section, slender and open inflorescence. The species is closely related to Agave chrysantha, with which it hybridizes in Arizona, however, differences in leaf and flower structure significantly. The species can in dry state short periods of frost tolerate up to minus 8 ° C and is cultivated in the Desert Botanic Garden in Arizona.