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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. Last Changed: 26-Jan-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 7 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


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, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán de Ocampo, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Campeche, Nayarit, Yucatan]

    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. Flores des Mascareignes. (F Mascar)
  2. Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer)
  3. Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  4. Facciola, S. Cornucopia II: a source book of edible plants. 1998 (Cornucopia II)
  5. Forster, P. I. 1992. New varietal combinations in Agave vivipara (Agavaceae) (Brittonia) 44:74-75.
  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.
  8. Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America. 1982 (Agave NAmer)
  9. George, A. S., ed. Flora of Australia. (F Aust)
  10. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  11. McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. (F NGalicia)
  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.
  14. Steyn, E. M. A. & G. F. Smith 2000. Agave vivipara: a naturalized alien in Southern Africa (Bothalia) 30:43-55.
  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. 2004- (F NJalisco) 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 22 March 2019.