Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.

  • Family : AGAVACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Asparagaceae
  • Species : Furcraea foetida
  • Basionym : Agave foetida L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
  • Common name : Giant Cabuya
  • Vernacular name : Yanaikathaalai, Seemai Katthaalai (Tam.)
  • Key identification features : A stout perennial shrub with rhizomatous stem. Leaves are lanceolate, shiny, fleshy and crowded along a shortened stem. Flowers are bisexual and greenish. Fruit is a loculicidal capsule (rarely seen).
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : Tropical America
  • Comments : Often on hills above 1000 m, on bare slopes, sometimes gregarious in open places. Also planted in gardens.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in tropics
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.; Pullaiah, T., 1997. Flora of Andhra Pradesh. Vol. 3. Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, India.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Furcraea foetida. Downloaded on 15 July 2020.


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