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Useful Tropical Plants

Furcraea cabuya

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Asparagaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Cabuya

Furcraea cabuya
Growing plant
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General Information

Cabuya is an evergreen perennial plant forming a rosette of sword-like leaves about 50cm long with a flowering stem up to 2 metres tall.
The plant is often harvested from the wild as a source of fibre for local use and for trade. It is cultivated for its fibre in Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Venezuela, north through Central America to Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A strong fibre is obtained from the leaves[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used for cordage[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The leaf fibres are very well suited for production of ropes, sacks, hammocks, saddle-bags etc[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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