from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of several species of Agave, especially of A. Lecheguilla, which yield a valuable fiber and a saponaceous substance of various forms called amole.


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  • The raw materials used to make textiles are divided into two groups: smooth fibers such as silk, cotton and wool, introduced to the American continent by the Conquistadors, and hard fibers native to Mexico such as ixtle, lechuguilla, tule, palm, twigs, reed, and willow.

    The artesanias of Michoacan - an introduction

  • The lechuguilla Agave lechuguilla is the commonest indicator of Chihuahuan conditions.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States

  • Though creosote bush is the most abundant plant cover of the province, other species like lechuguilla are also abundant.

    Chihuahuan Semidesert Province (Bailey)

  • Vegetation includes mostly desert shrubs, such as sotol, lechuguilla, yucca, ocotillo, lotebush, tarbush, and pricklypear, with a sparse intervening cover of black grama and other grasses.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • Other arid-land shrubs become more common: lotebush, lechuguilla, sotol, and redberry juniper.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • Yucca, sotol, lechuguilla, ocotillo, and cacti now dominate the rocky slopes below 5500 feet.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • In the states of San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas, the most common associations contain lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), Agave falcata, Bouteloua curtipendula, Bouteloua trifida, Dalea nana, Dasylirion cedrosanum, Ferocactus pringlei, Fouquieria splendens and Opuntia imbricata, and many others.

    Central Mexican matorral

  • Near the Sierra Madre Oriental, the scrub becomes a strict combination of Agave victoria-reginae with lechuguilla, guapilla (Hechtia glomerata), barreta (Helietta parviflora), sotol (Dasylirion sp.) and a well-developed herbaceous stratum composed of gramineae, leguminosae and cacti.

    Chihuahuan desert

  • Candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica), nopal (Opuntia spp.), lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla) and palma (Yucca spp.) are the most exploited species.

    Chihuahuan desert

  • The southeastern portion of the desert scrub is gradually transformed from a strict Larrea-Flourensia scrub to one in which Fouquieria splendens, Yucca filifera, Agave lechuguilla and Cordia boissieri are the most common elements.

    Chihuahuan desert


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