Agave aspera Jacq.
Agave australis Steud.
Agave cubensis Jacq.
Agave hexapetala Jacq.
Agave odorata Pers.
Agave vivipara Arruda
Furcraea agavephylla Brot.
Furcraea aspera (Jacq.) M.Roem.
Furcraea cahum Trel.
Furcraea cubensis (Jacq.) Vent.
Furcraea macrophylla Baker
Furcraea valleculata Jacobi
Common Name: Cuban Hemp
Cuban hemp is a succulent, evergreen, perennial plant producing a rosette of leaves about 75cm long from a very short woody trunk about 7 - 10cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for the fibre contained in its leaves and is also locally cultivated as fibre plant in the Antilles[
Northern S. America - Venezuela, Ecuador, Galapagos, north through the Caribbean and Mexico.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position[
Plants are monocarpic - they live for a number of years without flowering, then put all their energy into flowering and die afterwards[
The roots are used for medicine[
Planted as living fences[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
Seed - rarely produced[
Plants frequently produce large numbers of bulbils, which root and grow into new plants when they fall to the ground[
]. These bulbils have the capacity to remain viable for a number of years, even in unfavourable conditions[
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