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  Furcraea foetida 'Striata'
  Family Name : Asparagaceae

  Synonyms : Furcraea gigantea 'Striata'

  Common Names : Giant False Agave

 
Giant False Agave
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Maximum Height :
      1.5 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      2.4 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      South Brazil
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small agave composed of a rosette of leaves, growing up to 1.5 m tall.
      Foliage: Long, linear leaves are green with a thick cream-coloured band in the middle, running parallel to the midvein. They have a wavy leaf margin, lack spines, and are arranged in a rosette.
      Flowers: Greenish white flowers are arranged in a branched cluster known as a terminal panicle. The inflorescence stalk grows up to 7.6 m tall. This species flowers once, and then dies. Plantlets known as bulbils form on the inflorescence.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils, Shallow Media (8 -10cm)
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Green Roof, Focal Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Rockery / Desert Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Slow
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Sucker, Aerial Bulbil
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Leathery, Thick
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Parallel
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire - Wavy / Undulate
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acuminate
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Acaulescent
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      [Remarks] (Greenish White)
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Terminal
      Inflorescence Type :
      Panicle
      Flowering Habit :
      Monocarpic (Long-lived)

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