Furcraea hexapetala

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Furcraea hexapetala (Jacq.) Urb.

Agavaceae

Life form: perennial

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 hexapetala, commonly known as bayonette, is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Furcraea hexapetala was already described and the name validly published by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin. It was Ignatz Urban, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1903.

Taxonomy

Furcraea hexapetala 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 3 metres.

Leaves

Furcraea hexapetala is evergreen. The simple leaves are in rosettes. They are lanceolate with spiny margins.

Flowers and Fruits

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

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Furcraea hexapetala is native to Cuba and Haiti.

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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