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Taxon: Agave atrovirens Karw. ex Salm-Dyck

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 5402
Place of publication: Hort. dyck. 7:302. 1834
Link to protologue:
Comment: non Agave atrovirens auct. (= A. salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck)
Name Verified on: 06-May-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • maguey de la cumbre  (Source: Agave NAmer) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support
  • Human food: beverage base (tapped for pulque fide Agave NAmer)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Oaxaca, Puebla (mountains near border with Veracruz), Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave (mountains near border with Puebla)]

    Cultivated (also cult.)





  1. Euro+Med Editorial Committee. Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource).
  2. Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America
  3. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  4. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  5. Smith, C. E. 1963. Something old, something new. Econ. Bot. 17:200-210.
  6. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964-1980. Flora europaea.

Check other web resources for Agave atrovirens Karw. ex Salm-Dyck :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=5402. Accessed 20 July 2019.