By Urs Eggli
First quantity of a sequence of six Illustrated Handbooks of Succulent crops.
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Polianthes longiflora Rose (1903). 5 mm; Fr unknown. This species was long known only from incomplete flowering specimens offered for sale (McVaugh 1989: 253) until its recent discovery in the wild, see Cedano M. & al. (1993) and Chazaro Basanez & Machuca Nunez (1995). Placed in Agave, a new name was necessary to avoid homonymy with A. longiflora (Rose) G. D. Rowley 1977. A. duplicata Thiede & Eggli (KuaS 50(5): 111, 1999). n. ]). - Lit: McVaugh (1989: as Polianthes geminiflora). D: Mexico. Incl.
Fureraea tuberosa Drummond (1907) (nom. , Art. 1). 5 cm, blackish-brown at the curved tip, decurrent and dorsally intruding into the green tissue; Inf 5 - 6 m and more, narrowlyoblong, 'paniculate', part-Inf on very ascending Br, in the upper jj or more of the Inf, freely and densely bulbilliferous, not known to produce Fr; Perl 10 (-20) mm; Fl aborting before completely opening, 65 - 75 mm and more; Ov oblong-fusiform, 45 - 55 mm; Tep yellow, tube conical, ± 15 mm, lobes 20 - 25 mm. 5 - 3 cm, red-brown, shortly decurrent; Inf ± 5 m, 'paniculate', narrowly oblong, part-Inf few, distant, on ascending Br, in the upper Y, or less of the Inf, freely bulbilliferous; Perl 5 mm; Fl 45 mm; Ov broadly fusiform, 20 - 25 mm; Tep golden-yellow, tube conical, ± 7 mm, lobes 15 mm; Fr unknown.
This species shares many floral and fruit characters with A. guttata, but is nevertheless easily distinguished by its longer, narrower and more pliable and herbaceous leaves and its distribution. It may represent the moist-forest counterpart of the more xeromorphic A. guttata (Verhoek-Williams 1975: 252-253). A. decipiens Baker (BMI 1892: 183, 1892). T: [neo - icono]: Curtis's Bot. Mag. 122: t. 7477, 1896, sub A. laxifolia. - D: USA (Florida); coastal sands. I: Gentry (1982: 555,574). Incl. Agave laxifolia Baker (1896); incl.