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This is a subspecies which forms a large caudex.
Not 100 % sure, but it is probably A. a. var. oaxacensis,  Gentry 1982.


This large Agave americana oaxacensis is from Peyton Walton's collection. He has taken the photo.

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Family:  AGAVACEAE*
Origin:  Highlands of Northern Mexico, Texas
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  2  Meters (Flower 10 Meters)
Flower:  Pale Yellow
Propagate:  Seed/Offsets
Names:  Century Plant, Maguey, American Aloe
Synonyms:  Agave altissima.
Agave communis.
Agave complicata.
Agave felina.
Agave fuerstenbergii.
Agave gracilispina.
Agave ingens.
Agave melliflua.
Agave milleri.
Agave picta.
Agave ingens var. picta.
Agave ramosa.
Agave rasconensis.
Agave spectabilis
Salisbury.
Agave subzonata.
Agave theometel.
Agave americana var. theometel.
Agave variegata
Hort.ex Steud.
Agave virginica
Miller.
Agave zonata.

Agave americana
is a member of the Agavaceae family, described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in the highlands of Northern Mexico and Texas (and now; In the Mediterranean, Southern USA and other warm places. This one originates from Lafayette), growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The single leaves can reach for 2 meters, the flower for 10 meters. It only flowers once, after 15-20 years, with pale yellow flowers. It can be reproduced both by seeds and offsets. 

 I got this one from Agave-specialist Maarten van Thiel, who was amazed by this subspecies` large caudex. I hope mine will get it!

The genera name from the Ancient Greek αγαυή, agauÍ meaning 'water' OR from 'agayos; 'wonderful', 'proud' or 'magnificent', referring to the flowers. The species name indicate it originate from the Americas.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Agavaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.