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Taxon: Agave angustifolia Haw.

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 1692
Place of publication: Syn. pl. succ. 72. 1812
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 26-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 7 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: beverage base (used to make "bacanora" a type of mezcal fide J Arid Environ 73:611. 2009)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Healing Pl India, as A. wightii)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • NORTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Chihuahua, Durango (w.), Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas (s.)]
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Aguascalientes, Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, México, Michoacán de Ocampo, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Yucatán]

    Southern America
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras (s.), Nicaragua, Panama

    Cultivated (also cult.)


    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: South Africa [Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng]
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Mauritius, Reunion

    • AUSTRALIA: Australia [Queensland (e.)]


  1. Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. 1976-. Flores des Mascareignes.
  2. Davidse, G. et al., eds. 1994. Flora mesoamericana.
  3. Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage
  4. Facciola, S. 1998. Cornucopia II: a source book of edible plants Note: Kampong Publications
  5. Forster, P. I. 1992. New varietal combinations in Agave vivipara (Agavaceae). Brittonia 44:74-75. Note: = Agave vivipara var. vivipara
  6. García-Mendoza, A. & F. Chiang. 2003. The confusion of Agave vivipara L. and A. angustifolia Haw., two distinct taxa. Brittonia 55:82-87.
  7. Gentry, H. S. 1972. The agave family in Sonora. U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 399:143, 147. Note: mentions
  8. Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America
  9. George, A. S., ed. 1980-. Flora of Australia. Note: = Agave vivipara L.
  10. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  11. McVaugh, R. 1983-. Flora Novo-Galiciana.
  12. Sánchez-Teyer, F. et al. 2009. Genetic variability of wild Agave angustifolia populations based on AFLP: A basic study for conservation. J. Arid Environm. 73:611-616.
  13. Smith, G. F. & E. M. A. Steyn. 1999. Agave vivipara: the correct name for Agave angustifolia. Bothalia 29:100. Note: = Agave vivipara L.
  14. Steyn, E. M. A. & G. F. Smith. 2000. Agave vivipara: a naturalized alien in Southern Africa. Bothalia 30:43-55. Note: = Agave vivipara L.
  15. Vargas-Ponce, O. et al. 2009. Diversity and structure of landraces of Agave grown by spirits under traditional agricultural: A comparison with wild populations of A. angustifolia (Agavaceae) and commercial plantations of A. tequilana. Amer. J. Bot. 96:448-457.
  16. Vázquez-García et al. 2004. Flora del norte de Jalisco y etnobotánica Huichola. Serie Fronteras de Biodivesidad 1:58.

Check other web resources for Agave angustifolia Haw. :

  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=1692. Accessed 16 July 2019.