This trip took us a fair distance north and west of our prior habitat excursions, and we had three goals, of which only one was met, that being a habitat tour of A. parryi v. couesii. We were also searching for A. verdensis and A. yavapaiensis, but those will have to wait for another time, although I believe a handshake with A. yavapaiensis may be imminent. In addition to experiencing the joys of hiking around red rock country, we also had an unexpected encounter with an Agave that was nowhere on our radar, A. phillipsiana, aka Grand Canyon Agave. This find was so startling, we couldn't begin to sort it out until exploring the matter later, when we realized that the Grand Canyon Agave, previously reported as confined to the very region suggested by its name, had been recently discovered right where we had been laying tracks. And good news too, of all the AZ natives we hope to find and photograph, I had counted A. phillipsiana the most daunting challenge of the bunch. Unfortunately, the A. phillipsiana pics are not great; we found but one small cluster, buried under a bush and a rather large and unforgiving Opuntia. Such is life, we did our best...
Other than a couple of Opuntia species, cacti were rare as hen's teeth, though the place was absolutely teeming with a couple of Yuccas, Y. baccata and Y. angustissima v. kanabensis. Dasylirion was entirely absent.
"American aloe plant," 1797, from Greek Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at".
"Some talk the talk, and others walk the walk, but we stalk the stalk"