CPC Plant Profile: Tonto Basin Agave
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Tonto Basin Agave (Agave delamateri)

Description
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • State: AZ
  • Nature Serve ID: 144129
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 10/17/2021

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Agave delamateri?is known only from in and around archaeological sites in the Tonto Basin and Verde Valley in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. ?It was cultivated during pre-Columbian times when various traits were selected for by the people managing the crop which lead to divergence from its closest wild ancestor (Parker et al. 2007). Referred to as a 'cultigen' this species is only from approximately 90 clones, does not reproduce sexually and has lower genetic diversity compared to other?Agaves. ?It is threatened by urban sprawl, creation of reservoirs, recreation activities and a fungus transported by the snout agave weevil.

Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D.
  • 01/01/2010

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Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D.
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Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D.
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Nomenclature
Taxon Agave delamateri
Authority W.C. Hodgson & L. Slauson
Family Asparagaceae
CPC Number 13010
ITIS 564991
USDA AGDE10
Common Names Tonto Basin Agave | Tonto Basin century plant
Associated Scientific Names Agave delamateri
Distribution Endemic to the state of Arizona, this agave is known only from Gila, Maricopa and Yavapai counties.
State Rank
State State Rank
Arizona S2
Habitat

Open hilly slopes in desert scrub, rarely in chaparral or juniper-grassland, usually near pre-Columbian agricultural and settlement features. 700-1550m

Ecological Relationships

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