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

Zimbabwe: 5 cultivated taxa.

Agave attenuata

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americana L.Image
attenuata Salm-DyckDescription, Image
sisalana Perrine
victoriae-reginae T. Moore
vivipara L. var. vivipara Description, Image

Other sources of information about Agave:

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Flora of Botswana: Agave
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Agave
Flora of Mozambique: Agave
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Agave
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Agave

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Agave.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1614, retrieved 22 May 2024

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