Agave attenuata Salm-Dyck

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Agave attenuata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hillside Dam, Bulawayo

Agave attenuata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hillside Dam, Bulawayo

Agave attenuata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hillside Dam, Bulawayo

Agave attenuata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hillside Dam, Bulawayo

Agave attenuata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hillside Dam, Bulawayo

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Synonyms:
Common names: Foxtail agave (English) Lion's-tail agave (English) Swan's neck agave (English)
Description: Trunk to 1 m, prostrate, branching above ground, each branch ending in a rosette. Leaves 50-70 × 12-16 cm, ovate-elliptic, narrowed towards the base, soft, glaucous, acuminate; margin entire, without spines or teeth; terminal spine needle-like, soft. Inflorescence a dense spike to 3.5 m long, recurved. Flowers 3.5-5 cm long, greenish-yellow.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: attenuata: tapering to a slender point
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Worldwide distribution: Native of Mexico; widely cultivated in tropical and warm climates.
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

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External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Agave attenuata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=163350, retrieved 17 September 2019

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