ISI 2012-23. Manfreda brunnea (Wats.) Rose

Originally described as an Agave, this bulbous relative has now returned to that expanded genus in current treatments. However, we retain it in Manfreda for this offering due the distinctness of this very recognizable group within Agave. M. brunnea was first collected in July, 1888, by Mr. C. G. Pringle, on the battlefield of Buena Vista, Coahuila, Mexico‚ÄĒfortunately, he and his find survived as the infamous battle occurred in 1847 during the Mexican-American War. Finely pubescent, fleshy, gray leaves emerge in the spring (or may be evergreen in cultivation), with an inflorescence following around mid-summer that can reach two feet in height. Flowers are few but the dark, brownish color (hence brunnea) outlined in yellow make for an elegant display. We offer rooted plants from tissue culture of HBG 108025, a plant collected by Woody Minnich, Nov, 1993, south of Bermejillo, Chihuahua, Mexico. $8.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 84 (2), March - April, 2012