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  Agave guadalajarana
 
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 Agave guadalajarana (A juvenile specimen)

This is a
 very striking Agave with pale blue green, decoratively scalloped and slightly upcurved leaves with large orange teeth along the margins. The young plants are quite different from the adults, but are however very lovely too.
 

Description: It is a usually solitary small tightly formed Agave, but suckers occasionally. It forms compact rosettes 25-50 cm tall by 35-75 cm wide (or more), broader than tall. It holds a lot of leaves for a larger Agave.
Stem: Acaulescent.
Leaves: Numerous, closely imbricated, light greyish green , frosted blue greyish, some nearly white, wide, short, flat, rigid, obovate to oblong, obtuse, 20-30 x 8-12 cm, slightly up-curved, the inner shiny glaucous, the outer dull grey, closely imbricate. Leaves interestingly display prominent imprints from unfurled leaves.
Leaves margin: Mammillate with evenly large, orange, dark red-brown to dusty gray, jagged teeth along the margins that become more numerous and larger toward the leaf tip. The the upper teeth 8-10 mm long have often small spines embedded in them, those from the mid-leaf to base much smaller, 3-4 mm long, 5 to 10 mm apart on nearly straight margin;.
Apical spine: Short, attractive up to 2.5 cm long, subulate, greyish, straight to sinuous, flat to shallowly hollowed above, roundly keeled below dark red-brow to tan.
Flowers: The inflorescence is a slender panicle, 4-5 m tall with 15 to 20 small umbels in upper half of shaft; "flowers 60 mm long"; tepals slender, much longer than tube; capsules 4.5 x 1.8 cm, stipitate, shortly beaked, thick-walled, freely seeding. The tepals are usually twice longer than the tube.
Seeds: Lunate, 4x6 mm.
 


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Family: Agavaceae

Scientific Name: Agave guadalajarana Trelease.
In: Contr. U.S. Nat. Herb. 23: 123, 1920.

Common (Mexican) Names include:
Maguey Chato

Origin: This narrowly endemic species is known only from the environs of Guadalajara, the capital of Mexican state of Jalisco

Type: 4473, on rocky summit of hills ca. 8 miles W of Guadalajara, Jalisco, 22 June 1893, MO, isotypes K, US, MEXU.

Habitat:  Grassy slopes of oak woodland around 1,500 m elevations on volcanic rocky soils but the plants often thrive on the slopes in almost pure rocks. The climate is an open one below the Tropic of Cancer with a protracted dry season from January to May.

 

 

 

Cultivation: A. guadalajarana is a  stunning specimen plant for containers or a well drained spot in the gardennoted as rare in cultivation.  It tend to be slow grower, but worth the effort.  Grow them in porous soil with adequate drainage. They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. In winter watering this plant can be done once every 1-2 months, there is no need to mist the leaves. It is theoretically hardy to -3 C,  particularly when dry but  it is best to avoid severe freezing temperatures. Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Propagation:  Relatively easy to propagate by seeds or by suckers (if available) Remove the basal suckers  in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost.. only problem is the logistics of getting to the suckers - very sharp spines and suckers usually right up against, or underneath the mother plant.

Use: These striking plants are wonderful when used for accent or simply to provide some all year round foliage colour and often used in a pot as a patio plant, they make an eye-catching statement and along with other evergreen plants in pots, can be moved around to change the scenery or position to give more shelter.

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