Agaves on the Canary Island

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Agaves on the Canary Island

Post Number:#1  Postby ahek » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:59 pm

I visited Gran Canaria a couple of weeks ago and was hoping for some Agaves. I did see alot of "wild" Agave americana in the hills while driving but never up close...
The Agaves i did see was planted as decoration and i was having some trouble with their identification. The biggest i found was Agaves i at first thought to be A sisalana, but i found some marginal spines which i dont have on the sisalana-clone i grow at home, so my guess went to Agave fourcroydes. Also their flowering stalks were nothing but bubils.
The others i saw frequently planted and was much smaller than the huge fourcroydes and their flowering stalks was mostly bubils and some seedcapsule and hugely dameged by mealy bugs.
What do you think?
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Re: Agaves on the Canary Island

Post Number:#2  Postby Gee.S » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:08 pm

Nice! The only Agaves I can see well enough to ID is A. vivipara, as you say.
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Re: Agaves on the Canary Island

Post Number:#3  Postby ahek » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:02 pm

I just realized i posted this in the id-section of this forum. Sorry for that.

Great, thanks. I realised when i went through the photos i didn't photograph much for identification of the biggest ones.
I did take some bubils so i guess i will post id-shots again in a few years :)
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