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Agave shawii  Engelm.  var. shawii 
Shaw's agave
Agave shawii var. shawii is a shrub that is native to California, and also found in Baja California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   CNDDB
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(59 records)
one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Parent: Agave shawii
Genus: Agave
Family: Agavaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Toxicity: MINOR, OXALATES, DERMATITIS

Habitat: coastal

Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

Alternate Names:
JEFAgave orcuttiana
JEFAgave pachyacantha
CNPSAgave shawii
More information about  Agave shawii var. shawii
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

CNPS Inventory


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2022. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 09/24/2022).