Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw. (Images by tspkumar (Id by Kotaimuthu & Vijayasankar Raman) & Bhagyashri Ranade (Id by Gurcharan Singh) & Prashant Awale (Id by Nayan Singh) (Inserted by TSP Kumar & J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))

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Furcraea selloa K.Koch (Images by Ranjini Kamath (Id by J.M.Garg) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)) 

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Agave americana L. (Images by Karuna Kanti Das & Alka Khare (Id by P. Santhan) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links)) 

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Agave angustifolia Haw. (Images by J.M.Garg, Aarti S Khale (Validation by Ajinkya Gadave) & P Santhan (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Agave attenuata Salm-Dyck (Images by Satish Phadke (Validation by Ushadi & J.M.Garg),  Ranjini Kamath & Bindu (Identified by Neil Soares) (Inserted by J.M.Garg))

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Agave potatorum Zucc. (Images by Balkar Singh & Aarti S Khale (Id by Tanay Bose) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Agave victoriae-reginae T.Moore (Images by Aarti S Khale (Id by Ajinkya Gadave), Alka Khare (Validation by Ushadi) & Balkar Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Agave x leopoldii (Images by Satish Phadke’s friend (Id by Tanay Bose) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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I am giving the following details from Factsheet:
Agave americana may be easily confused with the sisals (Agave sisalana and Agave angustifolia) and the false agaves (Furcraea foetida and Furcraea selloa). These species can be distinguished by the following differences:
  • A. americana has very large greyish or variegated leaves that are usually 1-2 m long on adult plants. These leaves have numerous, relatively large prickles (5-10 mm long) along their margins. Its flowers are borne in an upright position and are yellow or yellowish-green in colour. This species produces large capsules and usually doesn’t develop plantlets (bulbils) on the branches of its flower clusters.
  • A. sisalana (sisal) has relatively large dark green or greyish-green leaves that are usually 0.5-1.3 m long on adult plants. These leaves do not have any prickles on their margins. Its flowers are borne in an upright position and are yellow or yellowish-green in colour. This species usually doesn’t produce capsules, instead developing numerous plantlets (bulbils) on the branches of its flower clusters.
  • A. angustifolia (Caribbean agave) has relatively large green, greyish-green or variegated leaves that are usually 0.5-1 m long on adult plants. These leaves have many, relatively small prickles (2-5 mm long) along their margins. Its flowers are borne in an upright position and are yellow or yellowish-green in colour. This species produces large capsules and sometimes also develops plantlets (bulbils) on the branches of its flower clusters.
  • F. foetida (Cuban hemp) has very large pale green leaves that are usually 1-2 m long on adult plants. These leaves usually have some prickles along their margins, but mainly near the bases of the leaves. Its flowers are borne in a drooping position and are whitish or greenish-white in colour. This species doesn’t produce capsules, instead developing numerous plantlets (bulbils) on the branches of its flower clusters.
  • F. selloa (variegated false agave) has very large variegated leaves that are usually 1-2 m long on adult plants. These leaves have numerous relatively large prickles (7-8 mm long) along their margins. Its flowers are borne in a drooping position and are whitish or greenish-white in colour. This species doesn’t produce capsules, instead developing numerous plantlets (bulbils) on the branches of its flower clusters.


Furcraea page (‎‎‎‎‎‎‎Asparagaceae) with images of species in efloraofindia : 1 post by 1 author.

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