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A. triangularis (Locality Teuhacan, Puebla, Mexico
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This species make great landscaping items, as well as excellent potted plants.

 

Description: Up to 50-80(-100) cm. Slow-growing, short-stemmed, widely surculose, seldom flowering, rigid rosettes, forming open clones; When this agave matures, its leaves are stout, and clustered together, creating a starburst effect.
Leaves: Olive-green, light yellowish green or bright apple-green or finely flecked with brownish red, finely asperous with a broad yellowish band running down the center of each leaf., mature leaves deltoid-lanceolate (dagger-shaped) 30-60 x 5-7 (mid-leaf) cm, rigid, thick at base, concavo-convex, straight, When stressed by drought and cool weather, the leaves turn shades of red. Leaves are variable in size and shape.
Margin: Corneous continuous, 1-2 mm wide, grayish, straight, with or without teeth, the teeth small, few (2-3 mm long), and remote (3-5 cm apart), or large, 5-9 mm long, 1-2 cm apart, gray, straight or curved;
Terminal spine: 2-4 cm cm long, conical to subulate, usually straight, grayish, grooved above, somewhat keeled below

This taxon is recognizable by its thick, rigid, deltoid, olivaceous leaves. Toothless forms are also common. The leaves of this species are quite variable depending on clones


Propagation: By suckers  which often are found growing around the base of the plant,  Remove the basal suckers (if available) in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost or by seed.

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Family: Agavaceae

Subgenus:  Littaea (inflorescence in form of raceme)
Group: Marginatae

Scientific Name:  Agave triangularis Jacobi
Published in: Zweiter Nachtrag, zu dem Versuch einer systematischen Ordnung der Agaveen 149, 1869.

Neotype: Gentry 23399, DES, MEXU, US. 6 miles SW of Tehuacan, Puebla, along road to Huajuapan, 11 March 1974; elev. 5,750 feet, on sedimentaries.

Common Names include:  Century plant, American aloe

Origin: Mexico (Puebla, Oaxaca)

Habitat:  Common on the arid calcareous mesa west of Tehuacan in southern Puebla, in heavily grazed areas with stony ground and tree forms of Yucca periculosa and Lysiloma sp. Here also are numerous tree cactus and several other agaves. This table land is 1650 to 1950 m elevation with 475-500 mm of rain, annual .The winters are dry and frostless.
 

Synonyms:  
  • Agave hanburyi Baker (1892)
  • Agave horrida var. triangularis (Jacobi) Baker
  • Agave kerkhovei Hort. ex Jacobi
  • Agave regelliana Hort. ex Jacobi
  • Agave rigidissima Jacobi (1869)
  • Agave triangularis var. rigidissima (Jacobi) Trelease (1920)
  • Agave triangularis var. subintegra Trelease (1920)
  • Agave triangularis Jacobi,
  • Agave hanburyi Baker, Kew Bull. 1892: 3, 1892.a
 


Cultivation:  Agave triangularis is a relatively easy-to-grow species. Need  a very well-drained, soil. It is theoretically hardy to -7 C ,  particularly when dry .  It  grows fairly fast in summer if provided with copious water but allows to dry thoroughly before watering again. During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling. They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area. Plants cultivated outdoors are drought tolerant and takes blasting heat and full sun.

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