Syn.: Agave palmeri var. chrysantha (Peebles) Little, Agave palmeri subsp. chrysantha (Peebles) B. Ullrich
Family: Agavaceae Endl.; Asparagaceae Juss.
Agave chrysantha
Distribution: Endemic to Sonora desert in Arizona only.
Habitat: Mountain foothills and canyons in desert scrub. In sandy soil or volcanic soil in elevation 700 to 2100 m. Flowers in late spring to summer.
Agave chrysantha
Description: A monocarpic plant, acaulescent, occasionally suckering, rosettes usually solitary, leaf rosette to 90 cm tall, flower stalk to 6 m tall. The leaves are in a basal rosette and are stiff, green and taper to a pointed tip. The leaves have a stout, sharp spine at the tip and sharp spines along the leaf margins. Colour is yellowish green to green and the surface is glaucous. Inflorescence is broadly paniculate, bracts persistent, triangular; flowers in clusters, 12 to 20 in number, erect, tubular, campanulate, 3.5–6.5 cm in length, perianth golden yellow. Fruit is a capsule, oblong or obovoid, about 5 cm large, seed 6–7 mm.
Threat and protection: Protected plant in Arizona.
Notes: As most agaves, the plant after flowering and setting seed dies.
Agave chrysantha
Agave chrysantha
Agave chrysantha
These images were taken in USA, Arizona, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo Mtn. foothills ( May 2009).