Agave attenuata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Agave attenuata Salm-Dyck
  • Common Name : Dragon Tree Agave, Fox Tail Agave, Swan's Neck Agave
  • Plant Family : Agavaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Agave attenuata Plant :

  • Habit : Short - stemmed, perennial, acaulescentor caulescent, scapose, forming succulent rosettes on thick, fibrous - rooted crowns, often rhizomatous.
  • Stem : Aboveground, unbranched or, less often, branched.
  • Leaves : Evergreenin rosette; blade light green to green and occasionally with lighter patterns of white, linear - lanceolate to ovate, firm to rigid, often thick and fleshy, margins entire with a sharp pointed apical tip.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal, spicate, racemose, or paniculate, open to dense, bracteate, with flowers borne singly, in pairs, or in umbellikeclusters of 2 - 40 on peduncles or the lateral branches borne by the peduncle.
  • Flowers :
    • Protandrous, erect or recurved, showy.
    • Perianth mostly yellow, infrequently whitish or reddish, funnelform to tubular; tepals 6, connate basally into tube atop a typically constricted neck; limb lobeserect or curved, equal to unequal in length and/or width, linear to oblong or deltate, often papillate at recurved or hooded apex.
    • stamens 6, exserted, attached atop or within perianth tube; filaments mostly filiform; anthers versatile, linear.
    • ovary inferior, greenish at anthesis, 3 - locular, succulent, thick - walled, ovules numerous; style subulate; stigma 3 - lobed, glandular, capitate, papillate.
  • Fruits : Capsule, oblong to ovoid, thick walled and fleshy.
  • Seeds : Black, flattened, obovoid, becoming globose distally
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : Not known