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Taxon: Agave tequilana F. A. C. Weber

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 1738
Place of publication: Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. (Paris) 8:220. 1902
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 05-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 5 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: starch (source of distilled beverage, tequila, fide Agave NAmer)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla]


    Northern America
    • Mexico (Government restricted)


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  3. Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America 582-585.
  4. Gil Vega, K. et al. 2001. Analysis of genetic diversity in Agave tequilana var. Azul using RAPD markers. Euphytica 119:335-341. Note: Netherlands journal of plant breeding
  5. Gil-Vega, K. et al. 2006. AFLP analysis of Agave tequilana varieties. Pl. Sci. (Elsevier) 170:904-909.
  6. McVaugh, R. 1989. Flora Novo-Galiciana. 15:143-145.
  7. Palomino, G. et al. 2003. Nuclear genome size analysis of Agave tequilana Weber. Caryologia 56:37-46.
  8. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  9. Standley, P. C. 1920. Trees and shrubs of Mexico. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 23:1-1721.
  10. Vázquez-García et al. 2004. Flora del norte de Jalisco y etnobotánica Huichola. Serie Fronteras de Biodivesidad 1:64.

Check other web resources for Agave tequilana F. A. C. Weber :

  • 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.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=1738. Accessed 6 April 2020.