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  • n. Plural form of agave.


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  • The hearts of the agaves are then pulled out of the pit and crushed, mixed with water and left to ferment.


  • The distillation of agaves to produce tequila is believed to date from the second half of the 16th century; the earliest substantiated written record dates from 1621.

    ancient eucalyptus trees

  • In addition, it is uncertain precisely when people first deliberately cultivated agave plants on any scale (as opposed to relying on the harvesting of wild agaves), but there are certainly no records of this happening in the first half of the 16th century.

    ancient eucalyptus trees

  • In Tucson, Ariz., a sloping front yard was transformed into a desert rock garden filled with native cacti, agaves, and yuccas.

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  • Unfortunately, the “slow-growing varieties, such as golden barrels and agaves, have been targeted” by thieves.

    Cacti Crime

  • There are an estimated 100 million Agave tequilana plants in the area, and the approximately 40,000 hectares of cultivated agaves produce no less than 50 million litres of tequila each year.

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  • The agaves are started from seed or from onionsize cuttings.

    Tequila: not just Mexico's national drink!

  • Today's vegetation is much less varied, consisting primarily of plants like agaves, prickly pear cacti, creosote bushes and acacias that can survive in the harsh semi-arid conditions.

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  • Aside from the many cactus species in the Chihuahuan Desert Region, one may observe other interesting succulents, like sotol, agaves (known as maguey in Mexico), yuccas (Yucca spp.), and others.

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  • Many plants also have methods of asexual reproduction (vegetative reproduction), which produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent: root-sprouting (limberbush, palo verde, aspen), stolons and rhizomes (agaves, strawberries, many grasses), and aerial plantlets (some agaves, mother-of-millions, kalanchoe).

    Pollination ecology of desert plants


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