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AGAVE

(Agave vivipara var. vivipara, fam. Agavaceae)

Agave vivipara var. vivipara Agave vivipara var. vivipara Agave vivipara var. vivipara Agave vivipara var. vivipara Agave vivipara var. vivipara

 Large freely suckering, short-stemmed perennial succulents with hard fibrous roots; leafy parts to 2m tall x 3m wide.

Form or habit: Succulent or cactus
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Basal

Long-lived in rosettes, sword-shaped up to 1300 x 120mm, with a hard dark brown terminal spine to 35mm long, ligh green to bluish lieaves, always with reddish-brown marginal teeth, 2-5mm long and 10-20mm apart.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Yellowish green
Flower description:'Petals' are unequal-sized and floral filaments are 35-45mm long; funnel to urn-shaped basal tube to 18mm long; borne in sprays on an erect central mast-like stem to 6m tall.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Brown
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Capsules broadly ovoid, 50mm long with a raggedly-beaked apex and dull black seeds 9-12 x 7-8mm.
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Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:America, chiefly Mexico
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Suckers, vegetative reproduction, dumped garden waste, water movement and animals.

Invades/Threats: Bushland and coastal dunes forming dense thickets.

It has been recorded in coastal areas in district. Historically planted on many islands. Also grown around the world for fibre.
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