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Useful Tropical Plants

Neoglaziovia variegata

(Arruda) Mez

Bromeliaceae

+ Synonyms

Agallostachys variegata (Arruda) Beer

Billbergia variegata (Arruda) Schult. & Schult.f.

Bromelia variegata Arruda

Dyckia glaziovii Baker

Common Name: Caroa

Neoglaziovia variegata
Plants growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Carlos Reis
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Neoglaziovia variegata Neoglaziovia variegata

General Information

Caroa is an evergreen, perennial plant producing a rosette of spiny leaves about 90cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild, and also occasionally cultivated, for the fibres obtained from the leaves which are used for making ropes[
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Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northeastern Brazil.

Habitat

Often found on dry, stony soils[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.90 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of semi-arid regions in the tropics. It grows best in areas where the mean annual temperature is within the range 18 - 30°c, but can tolerate 14 - 36°c[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. It is killed by temperatures of -1°c[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 500 - 70mm, but tolerates 400 - 800mm[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. Prefers a medium to light soil and can tolerate low fertility[
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Title
Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
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Title
Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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0
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. Prefers a pH within the range 6 - 7, but can tolerate 5.5 - 7.5[
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Title
Ecocrop
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Author
 
Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the leaves is used for making ropes[
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Title
The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture (6 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Bailey L.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
The MacMillan Company, Toronto.
Year
1919
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but it still contains a wealth of useful information. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. It is used locally for making nets and has been recommended for making paper and artificial silk[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
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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 fibre is made into cordage, ropes, twines, bags, cheap footwear, summer suits, and light, thin paper[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. The plant has about 30 leaves, 1.5 - 2 metres long, with spiny margins, but each plant only yields 3 - 4 leaves that are suitable for harvesting for fibre[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Year
0
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. The yield of fibre from the leaves varies between 12-14%[
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Title
Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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0
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Propagation

Seed -

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