Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Agavaceae - Sisal family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Lock, J.M. (2008) Agavaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1)

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1986) The European Garden Flora. Vol. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae, Angiospermae-Monocotyledons (Part I). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Monocarpic or perennial plants. Stems short or 0, sometimes trunk-like. Leaves large, borne in rosettes, often succulent, usually hard, leathery and spine-tipped. Inflorescence a large spike or panicle. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic; perianth segments 6, united for most of their length. Stamens 6. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule. Seeds numerous, flattened, black.

Worldwide: 13 genera and 210 species, tropical and warm zones, especially arid America.

Zambia: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Furcraea Vent.Description

Other sources of information about Agavaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Agavaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Agavaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Agavaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Agavaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Agavaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Agavaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=2, retrieved 26 March 2017

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