[Agave ajoensis W.C.Hodgs.]
Plants acaulescent, freely suckering; rosettes solitary or more commonly cespitose, 1.9-4 × 2.5-4.5 dm. Leaves spreading, widest near middle, 16-34 × 1.5-3 cm; blade light green, without 'bud-prints' but sometimes with a lighter green midstripe, linear-lanceolate, rigid, adaxially shallowly concave toward apex, abaxially thickly convex toward base; margins entire, straight, nonfiliferous, unarmed except for small interstitial teeth near leaf base; apex acute to long-acuminate, spine reddish brown, aging gray, subulate, 1.5-2.5 cm. Scape 2.5-3.5 m. Inflorescences subspicate to narrowly racemose-paniculate on distal 1/3; bracts caducous, narrowly triangular, 2-3 cm; lateral branches 30-40, ascending, 4 cm or shorter. Flowers (3-)4-6 per cluster, erect, straight, (3.2-)3.5-5.3 cm; perianth yellow, tube funnelform, (4-)6-21 × 8-13 mm, limb lobes erect to ascending, slightly unequal, 10-20 mm; stamens slightly exserted; filaments inserted equally or subequally 6-16 mm above base of perianth tube, erect, light yellow, (1.7-)2-3 cm; anthers yellow, 9-14 mm; ovary 1-1.7 cm, neck constricted, 2-6 mm. Capsules short-pedicellate, ellipsoid, 1.2-2.1 cm, apex short-beaked. Seeds unknown. 2n = 90. Flowering late spring--summer. Rocky slopes in desert scrub and grasslands; 900--1100 m; Ariz. Agave × ajoensis appears to be of hybrid origin involving A. deserti var. simplex and A. schottii var. schottii. It is a triploid, having a chromosome number of 2n = 90; in the same area, var. simplex is a diploid (2n = 60) and var. schottii is a tetraploid (2n = 120).
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Succulent Wetland Status: None