1222.000 Furcraea Vent.

Description of the genus

Massive monocarpic succulent scapose plants; trunk usually absent. Leaves up to 50 cm wide; up to 3 m long; lanceolate; very fibrous; toothed with a firm blunt point at the apex. Inflorescence paniculate; 2-5 clusters to 13 m tall; drooping, frequently producing bulbils. Flowers with tepals spreading; greenish-white, ovate or oblong; ovary inferior. Fruit a globose or cylindric capsule, infrequently produced. Seeds many, black, flat.

Derivation of name: after A. T. Fourcroy, 1755-1809, a French botanist.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in tropical America.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Furcraea:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Furcraea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Furcraea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Furcraea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Furcraea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Furcraea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Furcraea
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iNaturalist: Furcraea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Furcraea
JSTOR Plant Science: Furcraea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Furcraea
Plants of the World Online: Furcraea
Tropicos: Furcraea
Wikipedia: Furcraea

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Furcraea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1618, retrieved 22 February 2024

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