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Published In: Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 3: 305, 316, pl. 2–4. 1875. (Trans. Acad. Sci. St. Louis) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Type: Type: Described from Southern United States.
Distribution: Distribution: East and West Africa, Mexico, cultivated elsewhere.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A plant economically important for sisal fibre obtained from leaves. This species is cultivated on a small scale in the Punjab and NWFP, however not widely cultivated commercially in Pakistan. Sisal fibre is mostly imported for making ropes.
Illustration: Agave sisalana Perrine ex Engelm. (Illustration)
Map Location: Sind: Karachi Dist.: G-4, Karachi University Campus, 31-3-1983, M. Qaiser s.n. (RAW).


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Stem short, covered by leaf bases. Leaves 1-2 m long, c. 8 cm wide, widest about the middle, erect, neck not sharply constricted, greyish green, often glabrous, channelled to about 2/3rd its length, the basal 1/3rd flat above, marginal spines lacking. Inflorescence a large panicle. Flowers arranged on the terminal portion in dense clusters, sessile, 4-5 cm long. Perianth segments six, spreading, equalling the ovary segment. Stamens 6, filaments longer than the perianth segment, 3-4 cm long anthers versatile. Style exserted, stigma 3-lobed.
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