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Genus Furcraea Family Agavaceae

Description: Arborescent or shrubby plants, stem sometimes very short; plants often long-lived, flower only once and then die.

Leaves tufted or in rosettes, succulent, long-lived, spine-tipped, margins ± spinose-toothed.

Inflorescence paniculate, on a terminal scape. Flowers bisexual, ± pendent, 1–3 in axils of bracts or some replaced by bulbils. Tepals ± spreading, united basally. Ovary inferior, 3-locular; style stout; stigma small, 3-lobed.

Fruit a capsule; seeds flattened.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 20 species, America. Australia: 2 species (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Furcraea foetida

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