Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.

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Description 1

An evergreen, robust and woody, succulent plant with leaves in a large rosette form at the base. Short stem (0.8-1.3 m from the base of the rosette). Large, fleshy, shiny green leaves that are up to 2.5 m long and 20 cm wide, they are sword-shaped and have complete or spiked edges that are curved towards the apex and end in a brown point. Very large, terminal, pyramidal inflorescence, with hanging, very fragrant white-green flowers grouped in 2 or 3.

Biology 1

It reproduces by means of seeds (not proven in the Canary Islands) and in a vegetative way (by rhizomes and bulblets). It does not tolerate ponding or intense shade, but it does tolerate mild frosts, droughts and environmental salinity.

Habitat 1

Invasive species in the Canary Islands. Green areas of anthropic origin, old, medium altitude agriculture estates and areas of xerophyte bushland of the altitudinal zonation. It prefers warm, sunny places. It grows in all types of soil providing it is well drained.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Flora 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_flora.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1949

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