Agave nizandensis - a unique dwarf Mexican species

Walker, Colin (2023). Agave nizandensis - a unique dwarf Mexican species. CactusWorld, 41(1) pp. 51–55.


Agave nizandensis is an attractive but unusual species with brittle leaves more closely resembling those of an Aloe. It is described and illustrated in habitat at Nizanda, Oaxaca, Mexico. In cultivation it has proved to be tricky to grow but with perseverance after 22 years a plant has finally flowered for this author. This event is described and illustrated.
Its relationships are discussed. In the most recently published molecular family tree for Agave (2020), A. nizandensis belongs to one large, closely interrelated clade containing many species in which the resolution of their relationships is not currently clear.

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