Plant Identification Database:
Agavaceae (Agave)
Order: Liliales; Class: Monocotyledonae

The plant data on this site are a record of Bob Ronnow's field observations
which vary in accuracy and change with experience. For accurate and complete
information please use the links provided for each plant species and family.

Plant Families
Glossary of Botanical Terms

CLASSIFICATION
LEAVES
FLOWERS
FRUIT
STEM
ECOLOGY
CLASSIFICATION
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
Agavaceae: LV: u. basal rosette, whole, lanceolate/linear, sessile, u. spiny edge, u. apex acicular, fibrous and/or succulent, veins parallel; FL: 6 parts, green white yellow, raceme/panicle, large, terminal, petals fleshy imbricate, 6 stamens, 1 pistil 3-carpellate; FR: u. capsule, seeds u. black; ST: herb/shrub; EC: u. arid/semiarid
u. basal rosette, sessile lanceolate/linear, whole u. spiny A: u. acicular fibrous and/or succulent, parallel venation P: 6, fleshy imbricate green white yellow raceme/panicle, terminal large S: 6; P: 1, 3-carpellate u. capsule seed u. black herb/shrub u. arid/semiarid Agavaceae: LV: u. basal rosette, whole, lanceolate/linear, sessile, u. spiny edge, u. apex acicular, fibrous and/or succulent, veins parallel; FL: 6 parts, green white yellow, raceme/panicle, large, terminal, petals fleshy imbricate, 6 stamens, 1 pistil 3-carpellate; FR: u. capsule, seeds u. black; ST: herb/shrub; EC: u. arid/semiarid
Desert agave Agave deserti Agave Basal Linear, Whole Thorned A: Acuminate >12" 6 parts Yellow Head-flat-topped Spring; Summer >6' stem cooked Desert AZ Desert agave Agave deserti
Century plant Agave parryi Agave Basal Lanceolate Thorned >12", Fleshy 6 parts Yellow stem cooked Desert; Grassland AZ Century plant Agave parryi
Schott agave Agave schottii Agave Basal Lanceolate, Whole Fibers A: Acuminate >6" 6 parts Yellow >1", Spring; Summer; Fall Capsule <1" >6' AZ Schott agave Agave schottii
Sotol; Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion Basal Lanceolate Thorned >12", Fleshy 6 parts White; Green/Brown Spring; Summer Samara >12' stem cooked Desert; Grassland AZ Sotol; Dasylirion wheeleri Desert spoon
Beargrass Nolina microcarpa Nolina Basal Linear, Whole Serrate A: Acuminate >12" 6 parts Green/Brown Raceme Spring Shrub Grassland/Fields AZ Beargrass Nolina microcarpa
Soaptree yucca Yucca elata Yucca Lanceolate Spiny-toothed A: Acuminate >12" 6 parts White Tree, >6' Flower raw; Fruit raw Desert AZ Soaptree yucca Yucca elata
Beargrass; Spanish bayonet Yucca filamentosa Yucca Grassland/Fields; Roadside Beargrass; Spanish bayonet Yucca filamentosa
Harriman's yucca Yucca harrimaniae Yucca basal Lanceolate fibrous A: Acuminate >12" Capitol Reef NP UT Harriman's yucca Yucca harrimaniae Spanish bayonet
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
CLASSIFICATION
LEAVES
FLOWERS
FRUIT
STEM
ECOLOGY
CLASSIFICATION