The various forms of Agave parryi – part 8
Wim Alsemgeest en Jos van Roosbroeck.
Agave harvardiana by Fort Davis Texas, Pict.Vic Abel Gr.Br.
A closer look at: A. harvardiana
This species is also described by Trelease in Rep. (Annual) Missouri Bot. Garden (1911 (publ. 1912) 22: 91). There are no good pictures of the plant to see, only illustrations of a leaf, dried flowers and dried fruit. The distribution is in the Guadalupe Mountains. It grows there together with A. parryi subsp. neomexicana, but the majority of the plants grow in the Big Bend in the south of Texas and in the Chisos Mountains, close to the Rio Grande river on the Mexican border.
There are natural hybrids of A. harvardia with A.parryi ssp. neomexicana. These natural hybrids are common in European collections, for example in the Botanical Garden of Nice .On the web site of the “Globetrotters” you can see the so far as we know the most typical A. havardiana, growing high in to the mountains. These are huge plants much larger than A. parryi subsp. neomexicana. Another nice picture was taken by Vic Abell in Fort Davis Texas.
The Bic Bend in the Chisos Mountains South Texas
To be continued