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Toumey's Century Plant
Observed in June 2009 at Fish Creek Vista, along Apache Trail, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA.
n. of Carefree, Maricopa Co., Arizona, Sept. 2002
These small agaves are often known as Shin Daggers because the sharp leaf tips can jab the shin of even the most careful hikers! In Arizona this plant occurs at elevations over 1200 m, mostly above typical Sonoran Desert, within chaparral or desert grassland habitat, often on wind-swept, thin-soiled and rocky terraces.
SUCCULENT: Mature plants have a hundred or more thick, succulent
dagger-like leaves in a rosette at ground level. The longest leaves normally
reach to ½ meter tall.
Plants begin reproducing from vegetative pups and as a result clumps of many
plants growing together are often formed.
Agavaceae -- Agave Family
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