Agave toumeyana, Toumey's Agave
Scientific Name: Agave toumeyana
Common Name: Toumey's Agave
Also Called: Toumey Agave, Toumey's Century Plant
Family: Agavaceae, Agave or Century Plant Family (Reclassified to Asparagaceae)
Size: Flowering stalk approximately 4 to 9 feet tall; plants approximately 16 inches high by 2 feet wide.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, shrub, subshrub; plants in rosettes; caespitose.
Leaves: Green, light green, dark green or yellowish-green; several leaves subulate to linear; leaves concave on the upper surface; margins with white thread-like fibers.
Flower Color: Pale yellow, greenish or red; flowers on pairs; perianth tube broadly funnelform, tepals not equal; inflorescence spicate, narrowly cylindric; fruit a capsule.
Flowering Season: May to July.
Elevation: 2,000 to 5,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Open rocky, often limestone or basalt slopes of desert scrub, chaparral, pinon-juniper woodland communities.
Recorded Range: Agave toumeyana is rare in North America where it is known only from south-central Arizona in Gila, Pinal and eastern Maricopa counties.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Agave toumeyana.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: In North America Agave toumeyana islisted by the State of Arizona as salvage restricted under ARS § 3-903(B)(2).
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 12 species of Agave, California has 4 species, New Mexico has 5 species, and Texas has 9 species, Nevada and Utah have 1 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
There are 2 varieties in Agave toumeyana;
Agave toumeyana var. bella, (AZ);
Agave toumeyana var. toumeyana, (AZ).
Comments: In Southwestern Desert Flora also see: Goldenflower Century Plant, Agave chrysantha; Lechuguilla, Agave lechuguilla; Parry's Agave, Agave parryi; Schott's Century Plant, Agave schottii; Toumey's Agave, Agave toumeyana v bella.