African Plant Database

Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
Family : Agavaceae
Protologue : Syn. Pl. Succ. 73 (1812)
Notes : [America]
Information on the genus : Furcraea
Basionym : Agave foetida L.
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Agave foetida L.
 Aloe foetida (L.) Crantz
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Furcraea gigantea Vent. (1793)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Massive multi-annual plant with stem 0,2-0,3-1 m tall; leaves c. 50 in basal rosette, rigid, recurving, (yellow-)green
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Ecology : Cultivated as an ornamental or for fibres, Mauritius hemp. The leaves contain an irritant substance.
  Native in C America, Costa Rica, S Caribbean, N S. America

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Borges P.A.V., C. Abreu & al. (2008). A list of the terrestrial fungi, flora and fauna of Madeira and Selvagens archipelagos. Direcção Regional do Ambiente da Madeira and Universidade dos Açores

Bibliography other :
  • Lebrun J.P. (1999). Supplément au Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Candollea 54(2): 368
  • Bothalia 41: 197 (2011)
  • Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., Ser. 2 3: 334, 335 (1931) 
  • Verloove F., J. Thiede & al. (2019). A synopsis of feral Agave and Furcraea (Agavaceae, Asparagaceae s. lat.) in the Canary Islands (Spain) Pl. Ecol. Evol. 152(3): 491 
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Record n°13987 modified 2012-09-05
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