Giant Cabuya, Green-aloe, Mauritius-hemp, ‘Pachai kathazhai’ (meaning Green Agave);

Agave Vera-Cruz Mill : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Agave vera- cruz Mill,  (There may be several variations of this species, requesting Id confirmation)
Used as a fence sorrounding paddy/ragi fields,
Local Name Bhuthale, Bhookthale, Kathale, railu (Railway) Kathale. (Kattale in Kannada means lives anywhere like a donkey/ grows like a donkey)
Chandagalu Village
Mysore dist
Aug 2009

Oh, it is a giant, but did not find a pic of Agave vera – cruz Mill.

In my garden there is a similar looking thing but much smaller, called Yucca gloriosa.
here some pics,  

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One won’t confuse between Yucca and Agave, if we look at leaves. Agave leaves have spiny edges, not in Yucca where they are entire.

I think it may be Furcraea foetida as per threads: one, two and three

19-TSP-ID-04JAN2016-1: Agave-like plant for ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Kindly identify this Agave-like plant. The plant looks like an Agave but the flowers do not…! 

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Wild, occurring  by a tank 

Sighting: Chikmagalur in Karnataka, about 900 msl 

Date: 04-11-2014 and 05-03-2015

… has identified this as Furcraea foetida and it seems to match.

Ref: FOI

Yes, … is right, as always! Nice pictures!

no wonder. it looked so familiar. somewhere in the recesses of memory i knew  i had seen this, but could not bring up the id. the brown bulbils/onions look different here though, from the last picture in the first link given by …  may be a different stage of maturation? may be … will tell us?

Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- ?Agave

Furcraea foetida

Sir can it be Any Agave sp??

No …. The leaves are too distinct to confuse much thinner but sharp at apex.

It belongs to family Asparagaceae according to new classification of APG III


Furcraea foetida: please few photos of Furcraea foetida in flower and with bulbil.
Flowers photos was taken at Konanur, Nanajagudu taluk, Mysore district(23.10.2011) and plant with bulbil in Bettada beedu, Mysore taluk and district on 05.11.2011.

please explain to me because I just do not know : in this last picture above why is it a bulbil (the brown things) and not seedpod?
I am a bit confused about this…
I am familiar with the small black bulbils that form in some tiger lillies..etc…
but these look like fruits to my eyes…

It is common to see short condensed shoots in most plants, especially Agave, Furcraea, Yucca, etc. in the place of flowers. These fall down, take roots and give rise to new plants. These are known as bulbils. They also common in Poa bulbosa. We have another very common onion variety in Kashmir (in Europe also) known as palan, Top onion in Europe. It does not produce thick bulbs like onion only cylindrical bulbs (like spring onions) are sold and consumed in place of onion and garlic. The inflorescence of this produces bulbils in place of flowers, and enables this to multiply. Here is some interesting information about it from my book

The technique of silver-staining has been developed to highlight NOR (nucleolar organizing region). An interesting study of the chromosomes of top onion (variously recognized as Allium cepa var. viviparum or A. fistulosum var. proliferum) as also those of A. Cepa and A. fistulosum was done by Schubert, Ohle and Hanelt (1983). By Giemsa banding pattern and silver-staining studies, they concluded that some chromosomes of top onion resemble A. cepa and others resemble A. fistulosum. Of the two satellites, one resembles either species. Top onion is as such a pseudodiploid with no homologous pair. The study confirmed that top onion is a hybrid between the two aforesaid parents, and thus would be better known as A. x proliferum (Moench) Schrad. (based on Cepa proliferum Moench), and not as a variety of either species. Interestingly, the top onion owes its existence to the bulbils, which are produced in place of an inflorescence and ensure the multiplication of the hybrid, which is otherwise sterile

the TOP onion story is most intriguing… is the bulbil called top onion or the entire plant’s name is Top onion…? and which book is this? is it still in print… and available in India?

Already three editions 1999, 2004 and 2010…Plant Systematics: an Integrated approach, Science Publishers, USA

Indian version Plant Systematics: Theory and Practice 1999, 2004, 2012, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi

2nd edition of my US publication can be read online partly

ID Request- 200712-PKA1: I had seen this Agave like sp. at Nagpur.
Date/Time: 04-09-2011 / 12:15PM
Location: Ambazari Garden, Nagpur

Its Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw from Agavaceae


Baturraden Plant – Agavaceae: A plant like Agavaceae. Id is requested.

It may be Furcraea foetida.
Marine life photography

Yes it is Furcraea foetida


250812 BRS 401:

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for sp. confirmation.
Agave for sp. confirmation.
Location: Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist.
Date: July 2012
Habitat: Wild

It is Furcraea foetida. பச்சைக் கத்தாழை ‘pachchai kaththaazhai’ in Tamil.


Plant for ID : 28012013 : RV 1: Requesting ID of this beautiful plant found in one of the gardens of Mumbai……taken the picture today.

Furcraea foetida

I too agree that it is Furcraea foetida Haw. “Mauritius hemp” or “False agave” in the family Agavaceae,

Last nite I thought this was perhaps an agave?
but reading about this I see that both have very similar growth habit differs ultimately in the flower stalk…
so …, my question to you is what features in this picture gave away the diagnosis?


efloraofin​dia:”For Id 17042013MR​1’’ is this any Crinum sp at Pune : 1 correct image. 5 posts by 3 authors.

Oct 2012

requesting identification of this plant with variegated leaves and pink flowers at a hsng soc garden at Pune. Is this any Crinum sp.

1) furcraea gigantea
2) Carnival Crinum Lily ( not sure)

Flowers look like Crinum latifolium, leaves are different.

Many thanks … for the Id of the flowers. I agree with you I think I have mixed up two plants as they were growing very close. I think the leaves are of Furcraea gigantea as … has suggested.

¿ Agave ? at Pachmarhi FOR ID :: 18 SEP 13 :: DV : 5 images. 7 posts by 4 authors.

Pachmarhi … about 3600 feet ft asl
Date / Time: 18 SEP 13 at 04:37 PM … Altitude: about 3667 ft asl

¿ Agave ? … (family: Agavaceae)
Dear friends, please help in ID of this ornamental (hopefully) Agave. The flower about one inch across.
… this ornamental is planted in popular garden called Rajendra Giri. Beautiful panoramic views of Pachmarhi from here …

Could this be Furcraea foetida??

Thank you very very much dear … for this ID. Indeed it must be Furcraea foetida.

Yes this is furcraea foetida

Thanks … for these beautiful photographs. Recently, I came across the variegated Furcraea foetida ‘Mediopicta’ in a private property near Gholvad. Have attached some pictures clicked by my friend … along with a tidy illustration of F. foetida from the Flora of North America.

Could someone advice me?(Samir 16-12-2008) : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Could someone advice me for ID?

Looks like agave.

Its an a Agave americana

thank you for your advice and reply.

Is Agave americana common in Indian garden?

I think it may be Furcraea foetida as per http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2126


Agave for ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 250912 : AK-2: Pictures taken on 25 th July,2012 at Lalbagh, Bangalore.

Agave species flowering, flowers were very high up making it difficult to take close-up pictures.

variegated furcaria

On searching the net, the correct name should be Furcraea I think.

I think it should be Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.

SK903 24 DEC-2017:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)

Location: Chautara, Nepal  
Date: 18 December 2017
Altitude: 4700 ft.
Two Yucca sp. are listed in Nepal !
Yucca flaccida Haw. Syn : Yucca smalliana Fernald 
Yucca gloriosa L. 

Does not look like Yucca species as per 

Pl. check

Seems matching with Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw. syn: Agave foetida L. but not
found listed in Nepal.