Agave ghiesbreghtii - Purpus Agave, Agave Purpusorum

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Botanical nomenclature: Agave ghiesbreghtii
Common name: Purpus Agave, Agave Purpusorum
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave
Species: A. ghiesbreghtii

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Description

A smaller, more compact form of Agave ghiesbreghtii with fewer and shorter green leaves in a more open rosette, previously popular as Agave purpusorum and Agave roezlii. Magnificent as a potted plant.

Agave ghiesbreghtii grows in Mexico in Puebla, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas and in Guatemala on stony slopes, in grass and woodlands up to 2200 m altitude. It is associated with succulent and cactus species.

The first description by Lemaire ex Jacobi was published in 1864. Synonyms are Agave roezliana (Baker), Agave purpusorum (Berger), Agave huehueteca (Standley & Steyermark).

Agave ghiesbreghtii is a member of the Marginatae group. The short, broad leaves are typical. The narrow, horny leaf margins are serrated. It is closely related to agave kerchovei.

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