Furcraea foetida

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Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.

Agavaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry

Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Amaryllidales

Furcraea foetida, commonly known as Mauritius Hemp, Green Aloe, is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Furcraea foetida was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Adrian Hardy Haworth, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1812.

Taxonomy

Furcraea foetida is a species in the genus Furcraea which contains approximately 23 to 26 species and belongs to the family of the Agavaceae (Century-plant Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 1,5 to 2,5 metres.

Leaves

Furcraea foetida is evergreen. The simple leaves are in rosettes. They are lanceolate with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Furcraea foetida produces panicles of white campanulate flowers from June to August.

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Furcraea foetida is native to Mexico, Central America and South America.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be gritty-sandy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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