Agave americana L.
var. americana

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Agave americana var. americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Agave americana var. americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Common names: Century plant (English)
Notes: Plants usually planted originally but reproducing both vegetatively and through seed to form extensive clumps and small colonies, long persisting and surviving after the motherplant has died off.
Derivation of specific name: americana: American
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Mexico but now naturalised in Southern Europe, India, Australia and South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

Bromilow, C. (1995). Problem Plants of South Africa. Briza Publications, Arcadia. Page 372. (Includes a picture).

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 82. (Includes a picture).

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 185.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

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Flora of Botswana: Agave americana var. americana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Agave americana
African Plant Database: Agave americana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Agave americana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Agave americana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Agave americana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Agave americana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Agave americana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Agave americana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Agave americana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Agave americana
Ispot Southern Africa: Agave americana
JSTOR Plant Science: Agave americana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Agave americana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Agave americana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Agave americana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Agave americana
Tropicos: Agave americana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Agave americana var. americana., retrieved 24 March 2018

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