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The confusing identity of Agave wislizeni (Agavaceae)

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The use of the name Agave wislizeni Engelm. is controversial. There is uncertainty about the type locality, the original description is vague, and the illustrations and specimens that have been associated with this name have only added further to the confusion. According to the description and possible type localities, A. wislizeni could be confused with what is now known as A. parryi Engelm., A. parrasana A. Berger or A. ovatifolia Starr & Villarreal. However, because A. wislizeni was originally proposed as a substitute name for A. scabra Salm-Dyck, its identity can be resolved as a synonym of A. asperrima Jacobi.
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Keywords: AGAVACEAE; AGAVE; MEXICO; NOMENCLATURE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Botánica, Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Buenavista, 25315 Saltillo, Coahuila, México 2: Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 6700 Linares, N. L., México 3: Starr Nursery, 3340 W. Ruthann Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85745, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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