Agave shawii - Cross-Border Botanical Gem
13 images Created 16 Apr 2020
Shaw’s agave (Agave shawii shawii) is a rare and unique succulent plant endemic to a narrow, 200 mile (325 km), stretch along the southwestern California and northern Baja California coastline. South of the border, it is commonly found along the undeveloped portions of the western coast of Baja California. North of the border, however, the species has been reduced to just two small and isolated populations, one of which consists of a single genetic individual. An international team of conservation scientists is racing to better understand this iconic cross-border species and what can be done to protect it in the face of a series of growing threats.