Agave evolution and taxonomy

Walker, Colin (2021). Agave evolution and taxonomy. CactusWorld, 39(1) pp. 73–74.


A review of the latest study by Jimenez-Barron et al (2020) which contains many valuable insights into the evolutionary history of Agave and its close relatives, particularly in terms of major diversification events.
A significant finding is that Agave bracteosa is basal to the rest of the genus. The three current subgenera are not monophyletic and hence the present taxonomy is not supported.

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