The A. potatorum species, most commonly known as Tobalá in Oaxaca, grows in all 16 regions of the state. Wild Oaxacan tobala was virtually wiped out in the mezcal gold rush at the start of the 2000’s. Tobala has always been rare because it comes from a very small plant that generally grows in remote, rocky areas, but it is now widely cultivated and making a comeback.
Common varieties in the species include Papalométl, Biliá, Tobalá.
It has varying shades of green, shorter wider pencas, round to squat round piña and penca silhouette ,generally matures in 7-10 years, medium sugar content. It generally reproduces via seed.