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Taxon: Agave lechuguilla Torr.

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae subfamily: Agavoideae. Also placed in: Agavaceae
Nomen number: 5454
Place of publication: W. H. Emory, Rep. U.S. Mex. bound. 2(1):213. 1859 "lecheguilla"
Name verified on: 11-Apr-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 24-Feb-2009
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • Tampico fiber   (Source: Agave NAmer ) – English
  • Ixtlefaser   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • ixtle de lechuguilla   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • lechuguilla   (Source: Agave NAmer ) – Spanish
  • mescal lechuguilla   (Source: Agave NAmer 23.) – Spanish
  • tula ixtle   (Source: Pl Book ) – Spanish (Mexico)

Economic importance:

  • Materials: fiber   (principal source of ixtle or Tampico fiber fide Gentry 1982)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (to livestock fide Kingsbury; Agave ANAmer)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)


  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Gentry, H. S. 1972. The agave family in Sonora. U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 399:9,22. [mentions; "lecheguilla"].
  • Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America. 154–157.
  • Kingsbury, J. M. 1964. Poisonous plants of the United States and Canada. [poisonous].
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. ["lecheguilla"].
  • Mabberley, D. J. 1997. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2.
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. ["lecheguilla"].

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