Southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico
Grassland, oak woodland, mountain foothills; well drained soils, between 3,000 and 6,000 feet elevation
Yellow, yellowish green or pinkish, in clusters (paniculate) branching all along the 13 to 20 feet tall stalk
Leaves of agave palmeri are green or bluish green in color, sometimes with light cross-banding, up to 35 inches in length, and point upwards and outwards to create a large plant several feet across. The upper surface of each leaf is flat near the base becoming concave towards the apex, and all the underside is concave. Closely-spaced, red-tipped teeth run along the edges, while at the tip is a reddish-brown spine up to 2 inches long.
This agave is locally common in some of the ranges of southeast Arizona (east of Tucson), such as the Santa Rita Mountains, Dragoon Mountains and Chiricahua Mountains; it extends a little way into far southwest New Mexico.