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    Morphological characterization of endemic Agave cupreata species of Mexico

    Avendaño-Arrazate CH1, L Iracheta-Donjuan1, JC Gódinez-Aguilar2, P López-Gómez1, A Barrios-Ayala3

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.84, No.1, pp. 148-162, 2015, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2015.84.148

    Abstract The agave papalote (Agave cupreata Trelease) which is endemic to the Guerrero state, Mexico, is propagated exclusively by seed, but it is overutilized and knowledge of its diversity is needed for its protection. Therefore, the study aimed to determine the morphological variation in wild and cultivated populations of Agave cupreata in five areas of Guerrero. Ninety one characters were evaluated in situ, and only 51 qualitative and quantitative morphological characters of the plant, leaf spine, flower, fruit, seed and flower stalk were selected. The work was carried out in five different altitudinal zones, according to the level of production of… More >

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