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Endangered Plants


Shaw Agave

Agave shawii

Common Name: Shaw’s Agave

Origin/Habitat: Coastal Southern California and Baja, Coastal Sage Scrub.

Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.

Current Status: Endangered.

Description: Shaw’s agave is a small to medium-sized agave with attractive green leaves and reddish brown spines. It forms large clumps over time. After a number of years large, spectacular flower spikes bloom, after which the individual plant dies. Shaw’s agave was once common along the coast of San Diego, but only a few small populations survive at Torrey Pines State Park, Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, and near the border. Further south this agave grows along the Pacific coast of northern Baja. On both sides of the border, Shaw’s agave is threatened due to habitat loss from development.

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Photos: Rachel Cobb