Agave turneri (Agavaceae), a new species from northeastern Baja California, Mexico

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Agave turneri, a new species of Agave from the Sierras Cucapá and El Mayor in northeastern Baja California, Mexico, is a medium-sized species that does not produce offsets, has a relatively short and narrow panicle, and has a distinctive flower structure. The closest relatives to this new species are Agave moranii, which occurs approximately 200 km to the south of the type locality, and A. deserti var. simplex, which occurs in Arizona and California. This new species is a narrow endemic restricted to specific granodiorite and tonalite habitats in a hyperarid environment. Agave turneri appears to be a critically endangered owing to its habitat preference for specific types of granite in the Sierra Cucapá, threats due to prolonged drought and global change, and its close proximity to the Mexicali metropolitan area.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Agave turneri (Agavaceae), a new species from northeastern Baja California, Mexico
Series title Brittonia
DOI 10.1007/s12228-010-9151-3
Volume 63
Issue 2
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher New York Botanical Garden Press
Publisher location Bronx, NY
Contributing office(s) Branch of Regional Research-Western Region
Description 8 p.
First page 203
Last page 210
Country Mexico
Other Geospatial Baja California
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