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Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
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Agave tequilana

Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsOrnamental foliageThorny or spiny

Tequila Agave, Century Plant. Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave (agave azul) or tequila agave, is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico, due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distilled beverage. The high production of sugars, mostly fructose, in the core of the plant is the main characteristic that makes it suitable for the preparation of alcoholic beverages. Great addition to cactus - rock gardens - ethno-botanical collections. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Grows fairly fast in summer if provided with extra water.



Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant
Agave tequilana, Tequila Agave, Century Plant


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Aiphanes horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Martinezia truncata, Devil Palm, Ruffle Palm, Spine Palm

Aiphanes horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Martinezia truncata

Devil Palm, Ruffle Palm, Spine Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Trinidad and Tobago
Full sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPalm or palm-likeEdibleThorny or spiny

This very different dwarf palm from South America, has attractive spines all over it and fabulous, gracefully arching leaves, covered with white powder, with long, wavy, closely- spaced leaflets. The fragrant flowers produce clusters of red fruit making it ideal for conservatory or a warmer garden where it can actually stand occasional, but not hard freezing.

A solitary, showy spiny small tree. In the wild it grows 9-15 feet tall with a stem diameter of 2-4 inches. The epicarp and mesocarp of the fruit are rich in carotene and are eaten in Colombia, while the seeds are used to make candles.

The range of the species is found in forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The species is cultivated as an ornamental throughout the tropics.

Also known as Devil Palm, Corozo, Cocos rura, Mararay, Corozo, Macaguita, Marara, Macahuite, Corozo del Orinoco, Corozo anchame, Mararava, Cubarro, Chonta, Chascaraza, Charascal, Corozo chiquito, Corozo colorado, Pujamo, Gualte, Chonta ruro, Pupunha xicaxica, Coyure palm, Ruffle palm, Aculeata palm and Spine palm.

Scientific Synonyms - Caryota horrida, Aiphanes aculeata, Euterpe aculeata, Martinezia aculeata, Martinezia caryotifolia, Marara caryotifolia, Aiphanes caryotifolia, Tilmia caryotifolia, Bactris premorsa, Aiphanes premorsa, Martinezia truncata, Aiphanes truncata, Martinezia elegans, Aiphanes elegans, Marara bicuspidata, Martinezia ernestii, Aiphanes ernestii, Martinezia killipii, Aiphanes killipii, Aiphanes orinocensis.





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Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm

Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima

Macaw Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Caribbean
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPalm or palm-likeEdibleThorny or spiny

Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm
Aiphanes minima, Bactris minima, Macaw Palm


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Alluaudia comosa, Hairy Alluaudia

Alluaudia comosa

Hairy Alluaudia
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsDeciduousThorny or spiny

Alluaudia is a genus of six species of flowering plants endemic to Madagascar. Several of the species are grown as indoor ornamental plants in specialist succulent collections. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Suitable for growing in containers.



Alluaudia comosa, Hairy Alluaudia


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Alluaudia dumosa, Alluaudia

Alluaudia dumosa

Alluaudia
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterThorny or spiny

Alluaudia dumosa is a very slow grower succulent shrub or small tree. It has grey-green thick succulent stems which have no adherent leaves and very few spines.



Alluaudia dumosa, Alluaudia


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