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Agave americana L.
Century plant

Agave americana
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in The botanist’s repository [H.C. Andrews], vol. 7: t. 433 (1806-1807) [H.C. Andrews]

Family: Asparagaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

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

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Sparingly naturalized. An herbarium voucher is needed for the Monroe County Keys.

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Agave americana has been reported from the following 6 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
National Key Deer Refuge Reported
Torchwood Hammock Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported




Agave americana has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Agave americana
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in The botanist’s repository [H.C. Andrews], vol. 7: t. 433 (1806-1807) [H.C. Andrews]