Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium
Catalog #: DES00079167
Occurrence ID (GUID): 010fd9e2-d7f1-449a-925d-0cd5524df5bd
Taxon: Agave palmeri Engelm.
Family: Agavaceae
Collector: Wendy C. Hodgson   30524   
Date: 2015-07-09
Additional Collectors: Andrew Salywon
Locality: USA, Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Mustang Mountains, north flanks, Rain Valley, just south of highway 82 and power line.
31.692533  -110.4651
Verbatim Coordinates: 31° 41.552' N 110° 27.906' W
Elevation: 1552 meters Verbatim Elevation: 5091 ft
Habitat: Open overgrazed shrub-grassland dominated by Fouquieria splendens on north-facing gentle slope.
Substrate: Stony/loamy alluvium, reddish, brown fine soil.
Associated Species: Fouquieria splendens, Aloysia wrightii, Sporobolus, Cylindropuntia spinosior, Prosopis velutina, Dasylirion wheeleri, Nolina microcarpa, Gutierrezia sarothrae, Solanum elaeagnifolium, Isocoma tenuisecta, Jatropha macrorhiza, Mortonia scabrella.
Description: Plants frequent, this one very large, with huge cabeza, leaves gray-green with maroon flush adaxially, flower stalk ca 8 m tall, 127 mm in diameter at eye level, inflorescence broadly paniculate, with 25 lateral branches perpendicular to stalk, these long, some 5/6 to 1 m long, down 4/5 of stalk, bracts shredded on stalk (and on all flowering plants observed in area); flower with ovary, neck, tube light chartreuse green(-cream), outer lobes cream (-light chartreuse) with maroon flush, with conspicuous very brown, roughened tip, inner tepals cream (-light chartreuse), keel slightly flushed with maroon, filaments cream, deeply flushed with maroon, anthers purple, pollen yellow, style deep purple-maroon; flowers thick, ovary angled, tepals clasping; measurements after Gentry (1982) in mm: tl=69, o=35x8.5, n=8, tu=17(h)x15(w), outer tep=12(l)x6.75(w, base), 5(mid), inner tep=11x7(w, base), 3.5(mid), fil ins=7, 6, fil=58, a=20, beginning dehiscence, sty=60; tl=68, o=35x7.5, n=7, tu=16(h)x15(w), outer tep=12(l)x6.5(w, base), 5(mid), inner tep=10x6(w, base), 5.5(mid), fil ins=7, 6.2, fil=50, a=21, beginning dehiscence, sty=50.
Notes: Sheet 4 of 4. Photos only.
Specimen Images
Record ID: 010fd9e2-d7f1-449a-925d-0cd5524df5bd
For additional information on this specimen, please contact: Andrew Salywon (
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