Trop. Pl.,87. 1838
Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Sandy places along roadsides and in hammocks
Elevation: 0 m
Agave sisalana is frequently cultivated for its fiber and ornamental value. The plant is not known from the wild. As with A. desmettiana, capsules and seeds of this species are unknown. Capsules are known from A. kewensis (native to Chiapas), A. neglecta, and A. weberi, although no mature seeds have been observed. It may be that all are anciently selected cultivars that now persist only by vegetative means. None save A. kewensis is thought to occur in the wild. Plants similar to those found in Florida are known from Chiapas. Agave sisalana is an important source of fiber and probably was widely distributed by pre-Columbian people.
|Author||James L. Reveal + and Wendy C. Hodgson +|
|Common name||Sisal +|
|Elevation||0 m +|
|Habitat||Sandy places along roadsides and in hammocks +|
|Illustrator||Bee F. Gunn +|
|Phenology||Flowering winter–early spring. +|
|Taxon name||Agave sisalana +|
|Taxon parent||Agave +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 26 +|