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(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
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.
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:America, chiefly Mexico
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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