Agave parviflora occurs in southeastern Arizona, U.S.A. and eastern Sonora, Mexico. The species (which is comprised of two subspecies) is considered somewhat widespread but vulnerable; the abundance within populations is unknown.
Agave parviflora is threatened by loss of habitat due to mining and road construction, habitat degradation due to grazing, and illegal collection. (USFWS 2002)
There is a well-known local story about a tour bus to Mexico passing through a rather dense
There are approximately two dozen populations of Agave parviflora documented in southern Arizona, and the range of this species extends south into Mexico (Reichenbacher 1986).
Desert Botanical Garden has propagules from three populations in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Garden staff have conducted controlled cross-pollinations, keeping each population separate and producing a total of 10,554 seeds.
The species was listed as a Category 2 taxon under the Endangered Species Act, and has now lost its protection through a 1996 revision amending Category 2 plants to 'species of concern'.
Determine the effects of fire on this species. Search for new populations (New Mexico) and monitor existing populations (Hodgson and Lamater 1989).
The Desert Botanical Garden plans to continue to cultivate and propagate this species.
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