Furcraea foetida

(Linnaeus) Haworth

Syn. Pl. Succ., 73. 1812.

Basionym: Agave foetida Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 1: 323. 1753
Synonyms: Furcraea gigantea Ventenat
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 462. Mentioned on page 461.

Leaves lanceolate, to 2.4 m × 20 cm, thick, firm, smooth or striate; margins hard and smooth, usually entire at least in distal half. Flowers 4–5 cm; tepals greenish white, 2.3–3 cm; ovary 1.2–1.5 cm. 2n = 60.

Phenology: Flowering fall–mid winter.
Habitat: Old homesteads in disturbed areas
Elevation: 0 m


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Introduced; Fla., Central America, West Indies, widely introduced elsewhere.


Specimens from Florida referred to in the literature as Furcraea cabuya Trelease with entire leaf margins (var. integra Trelease) probably belong here.

Selected References


Lower Taxa