Agave sisalana Perrine
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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Botryosphaeriaceae  Diplodia agaves @ 368568A (1); 368568B (1)

Diplodia cacaoicola @ BPI (1)

Dothiorella agavicola @ BPI (2)
Cucurbitariaceae  Cucurbitaria agaves @ BPI (1)
Davidiellaceae  Cladosporium herbarum @ BPI (1)
Glomerellaceae  Colletotrichum agaves @ 396610A (1); 396610B (1); 396610C (1); BPI (13)
Nectriaceae  Fusarium semitectum @ BPI (1)

Nectria peziza @ BPI (1)
Parodiopsidaceae  Stomatogene agaves @ BPI (1)
Plectosphaerellaceae  Verticillium @ BPI (1)
Rhytismataceae  Leptostroma vestita @ BPI (1)
Schizophyllaceae  Schizophyllum commune @ BPI (1)
_  Botryodiplodia agaves @ BPI (2)

Sporidesmium @ BPI (1)

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Kingdom Plantae  
 Phylum Tracheophyta  
 Class Magnoliopsida  
 Order Asparagales  
 Family Asparagaceae  
 Genus Agave  
  Agave sisalana    Perrine ex Engelm. 
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Synonyms: Agave amaniensis Agave rigida sisalana Agave segurae Agave sisalana armata   details
Citation: Flora of Taiwan 2nd ed. 5: 76, 2000; Wu, S. H., C. F. Hsieh, and Marcel Rejmanek. 2004. Catalogue of the Naturalized Flora of Taiwan. Taiwania
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Agave sisalana Perrine
sisal hemp

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General Information
Symbol: AGSI2
Group: Monocot
Family: Agavaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : HI   I
L48   I
PB   I
PR   I
VI   I
Other Common Names: malina
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Symbol Scientific Name
AGRIS Agave rigida Mill. var. sisalana (Perrine) Engelm.


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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Agavaceae – Century-plant family
Genus Agave L. – agave
Species Agave sisalana Perrine – sisal hemp

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Agave sisalana sisal This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
FLEPPC Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1999. Invasive plant list . Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Florida.

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14. Agave sisalana Perrine, Trop. Pl. 87. 1838.


Plants short-stemmed, commonly suckering with elongate rhizomes, trunks 0.4—1 m; rosettes not cespitose, 15—20 × 15—25 dm. Leaves spreading, 90—130 × 9—12 cm; blade green, slightly cross-zoned when immature, lanceolate, firm, adaxially plane, abaxially slightly convex; margins straight, finely fibrous, typically unarmed, teeth single prickles when present, 1—2 mm, 2—5+ cm apart; apical spine dark brown, subulate, 2—2.5 cm. Scape 5—6 m. Inflorescences paniculate, open, often bulbiferous; bracts persistent, triangular, 0.5—2 cm; lateral branches 10—15(—25), ascending, comprising distal 1/2 of inflorescence, longer than 10 cm. Flowers erect, 5.5—6.5 cm; perianth greenish yellow, tube urceolate, 15—18 × 10—12 mm, limb lobes erect, equal, 17—18 mm; stamens long-exserted; filaments inserted ca. mid perianth tube, erect, yellow, 5—6 cm; anthers yellow, 20—25 mm; ovary 2—2.5 cm, neck slightly constricted, 2—4 mm. Capsules not seen. Seeds unknown. 2n = 138, 147, 149, 150.

Flowering winter--early spring. Sandy places along roadsides and in hammocks; 0 m; introduced; Fla.; s Mexico.

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.

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Agave sisalana
Sisal plantation in Kenya
ID: 6666 6666 1109 0004 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2009 California Academy of Sciences

Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana
ID: 4444 4444 0811 0863 [detail]
© 2010 Moorea Biocode

Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana
ID: 4444 4444 0811 0864 [detail]
© 2010 Moorea Biocode

Agave sisalana
Agave sisalana
ID: 4444 4444 0811 0865 [detail]
© 2010 Moorea Biocode

Agave sisalana
Sisal Plantation
ID: 6666 6666 1011 0134 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2011 California Academy of Sciences

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