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Table 2 Varieties of A. inaequidens recognized by people of Michoacán, Mexico

From: Morphological variation, management and domestication of ‘maguey alto’ (Agave inaequidens) and ‘maguey manso’ (A. hookeri) in Michoacán, México

Variety name Main features Habitat
‘Maguey chico’ Produce good mescal, but high dermatitis because it has higher concentration of saponins. Its cooked tissue is sweeter than other varieties. Grow in cleared sunny areas of pine-oak forest (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey grande’ The cooked stem has higher amount of water than other varieties, cause low dermatitis (lower concentration of saponins), less sweet than other varieties Grow in shaded areas of the pine-oak forests (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey verde’ Small size with light Green leaves Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro and Quiroga),
‘Maguey cenizo o negro’ Large size with dark green leaves. Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro and Quiroga),
‘Maguey hoja ancha’ Leaves notoriously wider than other varieties Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey hoja angosta’ Leaves notoriously narrower than other varieties Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey de hojas largas y espina chica’ Leaves long but with smaller terminal spines Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey de hojas cortas y espina grande’ Leaves short but with longer terminal pines Pine-oak forest (Queréndaro)
‘Maguey bruto mezcal’ Plants with fewer narrower and plain leaves. Produce good mescal Tropical dry forest (Sahuayo)
‘Maguey bruto chapín’ Plants with abundant, wider chaneled leaves. Used for producing good mescal, and in the process of distillation used as condenser and collector of the distilled mescal Tropical dry forest (Sahuayo)