Is this Century plant? 080210MK1

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Muthu Karthick

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Feb 8, 2010, 3:55:58 AM2/8/10
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Picture taken at Satyamangalam RF 900msl on 22 Jan 2010.

Dear members,
Kindly validate this plant. Is this Agave americana?
Leaves growing 1 - 2M in length; inflorescence exceeds 4M in length and people are harvesting it for fibre.

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Pardeshi S.

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Feb 8, 2010, 8:24:15 AM2/8/10
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Generally Agave americana is called Century plant. Origin: Mexican
highlands.
Check toptropicals.com>>>>in search box write Agave......

Regards
Satish Pardeshi


On Feb 8, 1:55 pm, Muthu Karthick <nmk....@gmail.com> wrote:
> Picture taken at Satyamangalam RF 900msl on 22 Jan 2010.
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> Dear members,

> Kindly validate this plant. Is this *Agave americana*?


> Leaves growing 1 - 2M in length; inflorescence exceeds 4M in length and
> people are harvesting it for fibre.
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> Muthu Karthick, N
> Junior Research Fellow
> Care Earth Trust
> Chennai - 61www.careearthtrust.org
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R. Vijayasankar

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Feb 9, 2010, 4:02:07 AM2/9/10
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This could be Furcraea foetida, called as 'Pachai kathazhai' (meaning Green Agave). Fiber extracted from the leaves.


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Kenneth Greby

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Feb 9, 2010, 8:22:09 AM2/9/10
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 This is Furcraea foetida. The green form is usually unarmed, though variegated forms used as landscape specimens generally have some marginal teeth.

 This plant is a strong colonizer and should be monitored carefully in environmentally-sensitive locations. Thousands of propagules form on spent flower stalks and soon create very dense thickets that choke-out native species here, esp in FL Keys, USA. Suggest removing infloresences BEFORE all flowers cease. (Usually sucker growth is minimal following post- flowering death of main rosette.)

Regards--
Ken Greby.
California and Florida, USA

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Muthu Karthick

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Feb 10, 2010, 10:10:04 AM2/10/10
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Thank you everyone for the correction.
The dried leaves are collected and entered into trade for the Fibres.

 
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