Agave lexii (Asparagaceae: Agavoideae), a New Species from Mexico

  • Leccinum J. García-Morales Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria
  • Jesús García-Jiménez Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria
  • Duilio Iamonico Sapienza University of Rome
Keywords: Agave, Asparagaceae, IUCN Red List, Mexico, new species, Tamaulipas


A new species of Agave L. (Asparagaceae: Agavoideae), A. lexii García-Morales, García-Jiménez & Iamonico, from Tamaulipas (northeastern Mexico) is described and illustrated. The new species is morphologically similar to A. tenuifolia Zamudio & E. Sanchez and A. striata Zucc. Agave lexii differs from A. tenuifolia and A. striata in leaf arrangement, size, and color, flower number and length, and fruit size. The distribution of A. lexii in Mexico, notes on its preferential habitat and phenology, and an assessment of its IUCN conservation status are provided.

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