Sunday, June 1, 2014


Photo by Ned Harris 5/23/2014

Golden-flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) is also known as Century Plant, but it doesn't live that long. The plant dies after flowering, but it does go out in a blaze of golden-flowered glory.
These agaves used to be in the Agave family, but they are now in the Asparagus family. What's up with that? As genetic sequencing becomes ever cheaper, more DNA comparisons can be made (but not by me). As scientists find that X species is more closely related to Y species, a species can be reclassified. Sometimes entire families are renamed and so on. Science. It's golden.

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