1219.000 Agave L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Perennial or monocarpic herbs; stems very short or indistinct. Leaves in a basal rosette; lamina large, stout, fleshy or somewhat woody, containing many fibres; margins spiny, rarely entire, apex tipped with a spine. Inflorescence a terminal spike or panicle, usually very large. Flowers with a short perianth tube; lobes 6, narrow, subequal. Ovary inferior. Fruit a capsule, oblong, trivalved. Seeds numerous, black, thin and flattened.

Derivation of name: From a Greek word meaning admirable.

Worldwide: At least 100 species in Southern USA to South America

Zambia: 1 cultivated taxon.

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sisalana Perrine

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Flora of Botswana: Agave
Flora of Mozambique: Agave
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Agave
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Agave

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Agave
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Agave
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Agave
Wikipedia: Agave
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Agave
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Agave

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Agave.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1614, retrieved 28 May 2022

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