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.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Furcraea foetida

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foetida (L.) Haw.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Furcraea:

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Flora of Zambia: Furcraea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Furcraea

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Furcraea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1618, retrieved 6 December 2022

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