Agave vivipara L., Sp. Pl.: 323 (1753) (syn: Agave bulbifera Salm-Dyck; Agave candelabrum Tod.; Agave cantala (Haw.) Roxb. ex Salm-Dyck; Agave cantula Roxb.; Agave rumphii Hassk.; Agave stenophylla Jacobi; Furcraea cantala Haw.; Aloe vivipara L.);
Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao; Introduced into: Bangladesh, Canary Is., India, Nepal, Pakistan as per POWO;
Stem very reduced or absent. Leaves forming a lax rosette, curving outwards from the base, greyish-green glaucous, shallowly channelled, more or less only in the mid area, more than 100 x 10-12 cm, widest about the middle, neck not sharply constricted. Two third of older leaves usually drooping, apical spine 1-1.5 cm, dark reddish brown. Marginal spines patent or hooked upwards. Scape 4.5-6 mm thick, terete, leafy bulbils usually in pairs, subtended by bracts. Bracts 15-20x 11-13 mm, ovate, tinged red, with narrow scarious margins.
An introduced perennial, succulent, xerophyte, naturalised in India
(Attributions- Compiled from secondary sources listed in references by Poornima Viswanathan for the Assam Biodiversity Portal project as per India Biodiversity Portal)
Wild plants seen on a mountain slope in Nasik.
Closest I can go with these images is Agave americana after perusing keys and details at species page, as suggested by …
Thanks … Is Agave sisalana be a Syn?
I maybe wrong but it looks too tender a plant to be Agave americana. Can you please upload high resolution picture of its leaves?
Here is the high resolution image.
I am truly indebted to you, Madam ji, for this upload (and many other as well).
- A. angustifolia (A. wightii) = naturalized in SUb Himalayan Tract and Outer Himalaya (FoP)
- A. sisalana = nowhere naturalized
- A. americana = naturalized in India and Pakistan, with some uncertainty, because it immediately below notes otherwise (FoP); in south China (FoC)). Lucidcentral site mentioned South China, but not India
- A. vera-cruz = nowhere, except in the book “Botany of Bihar & Orissa”, I could find that it is naturalized
- A. cantula = naturalized in Indo-Pakistan (FoP), region of Australia (Lucidcentral)
Recently, there was mass blooming of Lilies after the first rains near this spot on the mountain slopes which I missed being out of town.
A request, Madam ji, when you revisit the place please take macro photographs of marginal prickles and some apical spines. I think the prickles (some) are falcate too, and even some of the apical spines are acicular!
Although this post has had a lot of discussion and has been already identified by … as Agave americana, adding more pictures taken at Borgad Conservation Reserve.
This was identified as Agave vivipara as per details herein by …
Later … had identified this as Agave americana.
It would be very helpful to know where did I go wrong with the identification, I* suggested.
I will go with …
You are right. I had not seen your identification before my comment.
Taking it as Agave vivipara.
this plant is photographed in hamirpur H.P. , growing wild, agave or yucca, not sure, Which Species? Any Idea pls
Pl. check comparative images and keys at Agave
Leaf thickness and width rules it out I think, …
I would like to go with Agave americana L. as per comparative images at Agave and keys herein.
the presented plant is agave thin leaved. thin enough to flop over. not Agave Americana. sorry to bring a negative opinion
Thanks, …, There are lot of mis-identification in these species. We have to follow keys at Agave
Please make sure Agave americana can grow wild in our country, because as per Botany of Bihar and Orissa, only Agave vera-cruz was more or less naturalized (in Singbhum). And I agree with …, americana is a robust plant.
So, I would suggest A. cantula Roxb. for this specimen. Of-course, in that case too, there must have been some mother plants somewhere nearby.
I forgot to tell you that I found KEY to three Agave – https://keybase.rbg.vic.gov.au/keys/show/7710 and saved a screenshot following the steps thereon.
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 WCSP GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of Pakistan FOP illustration Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal Flora of Eastern Ghats India Biodiversity Portal britannica Useful Tropical Plants worldofsucculents PROSEA succulentsnetwork