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Agave americana L.
Century plant

Family: Asparagaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Mexico and southern Texas; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized.

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Agave americana
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in The botanistís repository [H.C. Andrews], vol. 7: t. 433 (1806-1807) [H.C. Andrews]

Other data on Agave americana available from :
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Agave americana has been found in the following 18 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Arch Creek Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Delray Beach Municipal Beach Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Everglades National Park Doubtfully Present
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Ludlam Pineland Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Matheson Hammock Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
National Key Deer Refuge Reported
Porter-Russell Pineland Present Not Native, Naturalized
Quail Roost Pineland Present Not Native, Naturalized
Sunny Palms Pineland Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Torchwood Hammock Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported


Agave americana has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Not Native, Naturalized


Agave americana has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Beach Dune
Disturbed Upland


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Agave americana
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in The botanistís repository [H.C. Andrews], vol. 7: t. 433 (1806-1807) [H.C. Andrews]