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(Santa Rosalia, BCS, Mexico.) The, light glaucous very rough leaves with largely spaced, chestnut teeth are distinctive of this species. Often the leaves are attractively cross-banded and sometimes twisted.
Origin and Habitat: Mexico (East side of Central Lower Califonia) Altitude from sea level to up to 1050 m. It has a wide range along the southern gulf coast broadly distributed in the Sierra de la Giganta and reaching Carmen and Danzante.
Type locality: Mesas about Comondu.
Habitat: It is most frequently found in dry, rocky, north-facing slopes. Plants from more exposed positions are typically small and often damaged.
- Agave sobria Brandegee
Agave sobria Brandegee
Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. ser. 2, 2: 207. 1889
Agave sobria subs. frailensis Gentry
Occas. Pap. Calif. Acad. Sci. 130: 54. 1978
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Agave sobria subs. roseana (Trel.) Gentry
Occas. Pap. Calif. Acad. Sci. no. 130: 54. 1978
- Agave sobria subs. roseana (Trel.) Gentry
- Agave roseana Trel.
- Agave sobria var. roseana (Trel.) I.M.Johnst.
SPANISH (Español): Mescal Pardo, Paniito
Description: It is a small to medium stemless Agave that occasionally from a short stem.
Rosettes: Open, few-leaved, compact 1 to 1.8 m in diameter.
Leaves: Broad, openly spreading to ascending, linear, lanceolate to oblanceolate in shape with thick and fleshy bases, smooth, pale glancous-grey, bluish or yellowih-green, 20 to 80 cm long 6-10 cm wide, often attractively cross-banded and sometimes twisted.
Theet: Heavy, flexible, long and spaced 3-4 cm apart, chestnut, later grey, rather dull and glaucous.
Inflorescence: Formed by 2-20 nearly globose, compact short lateral umbels on a slender stalk 2.5-4 m tall.
Flowers: Pale yellow.
Blooming season: March through November.
Remarks: Leaves from northern populations of A. sobria are similar in size (30-60 cm long) to Agave capensis. The island forms Agave cerulata var. dentiens and Agave sobria ssp. roseana differ from peninsular counterparts in similar ways, with long. narrow, and thin leaves in a more open rosette, and with marginal teeth reduced or absent.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Agave sobria group
- Agave sobria Brandegee: It has longer 50-80 cm, quite narrow leaves with entire to moderately undulate and thoothed margins. It has a wide elevational range in the Sierra Giganta.
- Agave sobria subs. frailensis Gentry: has smaller leaves (20-30 cm long 3-5 times longer than wide), with more closely spaced, smaller teeth borne on undulate margins. Origin: It is a narrowly endemic taxon found on volcanic hills NW of Punta Frailes
- Agave sobria subs. roseana (Trel.) Gentry: has openly spreading 35-50 cm long leaves, frequently twisted, and bear large widely spaced teeth on mammillate projections. Origin: It is found in more arid communities in Espiritu Santo and the adjacent peninsula NE and E of La Paz.
Agave sobria Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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