Agave phillipsiana

Phillipsiana Agave is a plant of the genus Agave ( Agave ). An English common name is " Grand Canyon Agave ".


Agave phillipsiana formed large, open rosettes with a height of 75 to 100 cm and a diameter of 75 to 100 cm. It makes plenty rhizomatöse offshoot. The lance-shaped, arranged variable, green to bluish leaves are 76-78 cm long and 10-11 cm wide. The brown to gray leaf margins are irregularly toothed. The brown to gray Enddorn is 2.5 to 4 cm long.

The Rispige inflorescence is 4 to 5.5 m high. The green to cream-colored flowers are 32-45 mm long and appear at the top of the inflorescence of irregularly arranged, loose branches. The flower tube is 15 to 20 mm long.

The flowering period extends from August to September.

Systematics and distribution

Agave phillipsiana growing endemic in Arizona in the inner Grand Canyon in rocky open slopes, in open woodland in 700-1150 m altitude. It is in the subspecies Tapeals Creek in 1090 m height with Sclerocactus parviflorus. havasupaiensis, Opuntia engelmannii and Yucca baccata socialized.

The first description by Wendy C. Hodgson has been published in 2001.

Agave phillipsiana is a representative of the section Ditepalae. It is extremely rare and only a few small colonies growing in a geographically isolated area in the inner Grand Canyon in Arizona. The species forms large open rosettes with numerous offshoots rhizomatösen. It is related to Agave Agave palmeri and delamateri, but there are differences in size, shape, leaf and flower structure recognizable. The east of the inner Grand Canyon occurring Agave utahensis subsp. kaibabensis colonized colder regions and is smaller.

Agave phillipsiana is in the Desert Botanic Garden in Tucson, Arizona, cultured.