EL SARGENTO, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR — Giganta Fiber Agave (Agave aurea) is one of 19 species in the genus Agave endemic to Baja California and Baja California Sur. Indigenous people used these plants for food, drink and cordage. The species pictured above is growing in our sandy soiled yard in El Sargento and it likely benefits from the nearby micro drip irrigation system. The species is endemic to our area, the tropical East Cape lowlands along the coast of the Sea of Cortez. These Baja badlands receive about 200 mm of rainfall annually. Unlike the arid Mediterranean climate in Southern California and northwestern Baja, the tropical parts of southern Baja have a late summer and early fall wet season, associated with hurricanes and tropical low-pressure storms. Most agaves are pollinated by bats. Preserving and protecting bats is thus an integral part of preserving and protecting the native ecosystem.
Speaking of protection, notice the long spine at the end of each leave and the barbs around the leaf edges. These plants are doing all they can to deter herbivory. #plants #desertlife #desert #desert #nature#nativeplants #cacti #succulents #agave #bajacalifornia #mescal