Agave parviflora Torr.
Smallflower agave, smallflower century plant
This species is native to a small area of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. It is threatened by loss of habitat.
Identification: For agaves, at least, these are just little fellers, 4-6" (10-15 cm) tall and 6-8" (15-20 cm) around. They may be solitary plants or growing in dense tufts that probably originated from a single plant. Leaves are 2-4" (5-10 cm) long and less than ½" (1.3 cm) wide, dark green, with white imprints from the bud. Short, curly white filaments like those in yuccas are present. Yellow flowers appear atop a spike 3-6' (91-182 cm) tall. About two years after flowering, the plant dies, like most other agaves.
Agave parviflora at the Center for Plant Conversation
Agave parviflora at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Agave parviflora on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Agave parviflora on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Agave parviflora description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.