Other common names
Papalometl, Papalote, Ancho, papalome, chino, yaabendisi (mixteco), cimarrón, tuchi
Where is it grown?
Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca.
Medium, round rossette, wide, short, gnarly-spined pencas, med to dark green. 7-11 years
Mode of Reproduction
Cupreata is one of the more confusing names in the agave world. Clearly it is one thing in Michoacan and Guerrero where this short and stubby agave is the source for many full bodied mezcals. A common local name is "papalome" or a variant which comes from the Nahuatl for "butterfly" because of an alliterative resemblance. The same cupreata is made into mezcal in the Oaxacan Mixteca Alta and potentially other states. But the name "papalometl" can also be used for different agaves in different areas. In some areas of Oaxaca papalometl refers to Tobala which can be very confusing.