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  Agave sisalana
 
  Family: AGAVACEAE
  Citation:  Agave sisalana Perrine ex Engl., Trans. Acad. Sci. St. Louis 3: 314. tt. 2-4. 1875; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1505(1052). 1931; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 411. 1984; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 507. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 477. 1994.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chanakaitha
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Hemp-plant, Sisal hemp
  Description: Stem short, covered by leaf bases. Leaves 1-2 m long, c. 8 cm wide, widest about the middle, erect, neck not sharply constricted, greyish green, often glabrous, channelled to about 2/3 rd its length, the basal 1/3 rd flat above, marginal spines lacking. Inflorescence a large panicle. Flowers arranged on the terminal portion in dense clusters, sessile, 4-5 cm long. Perianth segments six, spreading, equalling the ovary segment. Stamens 6, filaments longer than the perianth segment, 3-4 cm long anthers versatile. Style exserted, stigma 3-lobed.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-March
  District(s): Kollam, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Malappuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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