Dec. 23, 2019

wild century plant, Agave neglecta

What's the deal with this century plant? Don't they grow in the southwest deserts? This one is only from sandy places in Florida. And how can a great big and different plant from Florida only be described to science in 1903? Have you seen the size of agave leaves?! Maybe it's just really hard to make adequate herbarium specimens? Maybe that's why they got it so wrong? It turns out this is likely a variety of Agave weberi, which is from Mexico. It may have been developed as a cultivated variety in ancient times, and then brought to Florida. Did the Seminole drink pulque? And use the fiber for cordage and cloth? Or plant it for its beauty like the people that had this one in Polk Co FL on 10/21/15? Agave family, Agavaceae.