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Taxon: Agave sisalana Perrine

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae subfamily: Agavoideae. Also placed in: Agavaceae
Nomen number: 1735
Place of publication: U.S. Congr. 25, Sess. 2, House of Represent. Rep. 564:(8,9,16,47,60,86)87. 8 Mar 1838 (Senate Rep. 300:36, 105, t. 1, 2, 4. 12 Mar 1838)
Comment: valid publication verified from original literature (with aid of P. Acevedo), where a validating description appears on p. 87
Name verified on: 26-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 26-Jan-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


Common names:

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Cape Verde; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Libya
    Southern Africa: South Africa; Swaziland
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar; Mauritius; Reunion
    Australia: Australia - Queensland
    Southwestern Europe: Spain
    North-Central Pacific: U.S. Outlying Islands - Midway Islands; United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Palau
    South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia - Society Islands
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; Nauru
    Caribbean: West Indies

  • widely cultivated

  • probable origin Chiapas, Mexico



Check other web resources for Agave sisalana Perrine:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (29 August 2015)

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