Agave L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 323 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Central & E. U.S.A. to Venezuela, Caribbean.


Native to:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, California, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Jamaica, Kentucky, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Netherlands Antilles, Nevada, New Mexico, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Panamá, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Utah, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Virginia, West Virginia, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Albania, Aldabra, Algeria, Amsterdam-St.Paul Is., Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Ascension, Azores, Baleares, Bangladesh, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil Southeast, Burundi, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Central African Republic, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Corse, East Aegean Is., East Himalaya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Free State, Gambia, Gilbert Is., Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hawaii, India, Italy, Juan Fernández Is., Korea, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Libya, Line Is., Madagascar, Madeira, Marianas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel Is., Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Ogasawara-shoto, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Queensland, Rwanda, Réunion, Sardegna, Senegal, Seychelles, Sicilia, Society Is., Solomon Is., Somalia, South China Sea, Southwest Caribbean, Spain, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Swaziland, Tasmania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, West Himalaya, Yugoslavia


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • (2020). epublication.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
s.n. [44] United States K002171013 Yes
Gossweiler, J. [s.n.] K002171070 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] United Kingdom K002171561 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171568 Yes
Berkeley, J.H.H. [s.n.] K002171231 Yes
H.; et al. [7512] Mexico K001276028 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171237 Yes
Barlee, F.P. [s.n.] Belize K002171179 No
Renvoize, S.A. Seychelles K:SPC-29047.035 No
Coode, M.J.E.; Bosser, J.M. [4584] Reunion K002171111 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002171539 Yes
Rose, J.N. [2045] Mexico K001276044 Yes
[St Louis Poter]; Engelma [s.n.] Mexico K002171190 Yes
Martínez, E.; Tenorio, E.; Torres, R. [2639] Mexico K000524826 Type Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171235 Yes
Matthew, K.M. [43575] India K002171052 Yes
Brummitt, R.K. [11665] Malawi K002171088 Yes
Curtiss, A.H. [335] K002171233 Yes
Gonzalez Ortega, J. [5401] Mexico K001276025 Yes
Henkel, T.W.; Chin, M. [5500] Guyana K002171245 Yes
Hinton, G.B. [4157] Mexico K001276027 Yes
Stafford, D. [1091] Peru K002171256 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171567 Yes
Kerr, A.F.G. [11030] K002171053 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] South Africa K002171120 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002171436 Yes
{Milliken; Bevan; Smart} [124] Venezuela K002171259 Yes
André, É. [3585] K002171255 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171437 Yes
Munn-Estrada, X.; Kasey, T. [1181] Mexico K000267205 No
Hinton, G.B.; et al. [12713] Mexico K001276046 Yes
EMC, G.E. [1622] Mozambique K002171086 Yes
Handover, W.P. [31] Venezuela K002171258 Yes
Hassler, E. [12505] Paraguay K002171252 Yes
s.coll. [6192] K002171251 Yes
Renvoize, S.A. [1275] Seychelles K:SPC-29047.034 No
Hinton, G.B.; et al. [15383] Mexico K001276042 Yes
s.coll. [[7]] South Africa K002171122 Yes
Van Hermann, H.A. [656] Cuba K002171232 Yes
Baker, F.D.J. [s.n.] K002171590 Yes
s.n. [s.n.] K002171424 Yes
Wit, P.; Gbile, Z.O.; Daramola, B.O. [1421] Nigeria K002171067 Yes
Pringle, C.G. [4505] Mexico K001276045 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002171540 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] South Africa K002171119 Yes
Gossweiler, J. [s.n.] Central African Republic K002171068 Yes
Acevedo-Rodriguez, P.; De la Cruz, M.D.; Young, G.W.; Davidson, R.L.; Nuñez, C. [13219] Dominican Republic K002171229 Yes
Marcan, A. [1169] Thailand K002171056 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171438 Yes
Brummitt, R.K. [11665] Malawi K002171087 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Mexico K000267209 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171234 Yes
Said, I.M.; Eri, J.; Balu, K. [s.n.] Brunei K002171058 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171439 Yes
Said, I.M.; Eri, J.; Balu, K. [s.n.] Brunei K002171059 Yes
s.coll. [1] Jamaica K002171230 Yes
Matthew, K.M.; Matthew, K.T. [51009] India K002171051 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171236 Yes
Miller, O.O.; Johnston, J.O. [243] Venezuela K002171257 Yes
Munn-Estrada, X.; Kasey, T. [1181] Mexico K000267206 No
Venezuela K:SPC-66332.000 No
Berger [s.n.] Italy K000499581 Type Yes
Berger [s.n.] Italy K000499582 Type Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K001731164 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171440 Yes
Britto, S.J. [41513] India K002171049 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] South Africa K002171124 Yes
Munn-Estrada, X.; Mendoza, F. [1442] Mexico K000267207 No
Wood, J.R.I. [20238] Bolivia K002171253 Yes
Hu, S.Y. [12539] Hong Kong K002171024 Yes
Mwangangi, O.M. [1935] Kenya K002171085 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002171538 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171238 Yes
Guého, E.L.J. [s.n.] Mauritius K002171109 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Italy K002171577 Yes
Coode, M.J.E.; Bosser, J.M. [4584] Reunion K002171110 Yes
Marcan, A. [1137] Thailand K002171055 Yes
Henry, A. [1016] Spain K002171025 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Barbados K002171239 Yes
Wood, J.R.I.; Gutierrez, C. [20238] Bolivia K002171254 Yes
United Kingdom K:SPC-19053.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] South Africa K002171118 Yes
s.coll. [7] South Africa K002171121 Yes
Bramwell, L.M. [3478] United Kingdom K002171116 Yes
Rose, J.N. [2045a] Mexico K001276043 Yes
s.coll. [7] K002171117 Yes
Hammel, B.; Cano, C. [19595] Costa Rica K002171178 No
Coode, M.J.E.; Bosser, J.M. [4584] Reunion K002171112 Yes
Wilms, F. [1562] South Africa K002171115 Yes
Munn-Estrada, X.; Mendoza, F. [1387A] Mexico K000267208 No
Gueko, J. Mauritius K:SPC-37651.000 No
Matthew, K.M. [53156] India K002171050 Yes
s.coll. [7509] Central African Republic K002171069 Yes
s.coll. [7] South Africa K002171123 Yes
s.coll. [2] K002171578 Yes
Perdue, R.E.; Kibuwa, S.P. [8194] Kenya K002171084 Yes
Jenman [2139] Guyana K002171244 Yes
Marcan, A. [1169] Thailand K002171057 Yes
Furtado, C.X. [s.n.] Singapore K002171054 Yes
Walker, S. [73/79] Mexico Manfreda K001306982 Yes
{Eug. Langlassé} [859] Mexico Manfreda K001276020 Yes
Hinton, G.B. [2789] Mexico Manfreda K001306980 Yes
Balls [B5307] Manfreda K001306978 Yes
Hinton, G.B.; et a [9201] Mexico Manfreda K001306976 Yes
Hinton, G.B.; et a [8109] Mexico Manfreda K001306981 Yes
Hinton, G.B. [2789] Mexico Manfreda K001306979 Yes
Smith, J.D.; Heyder; Lux [4292] Guatemala Manfreda K002170999 Yes
Hinton, G.B. [12150] Mexico Manfreda K001306977 Yes


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