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Published In: Analyse des Familles des Plantes 57, 58. 1829. (Anal. Fam. Pl.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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AGAVACEAE (Agave Family, Century Plant Family)

Plants herbaceous or apparently shrubby. Vegetative stems reduced (arborescent elsewhere), sometimes appearing woody at the base. Leaves evergreen, leathery or somewhat fleshy, parallel-veined, sometimes spine-tipped or with fibrous margins. Inflorescences short- to long-stalked panicles, spikes, or racemes (scapes), often densely flowered. Flowers usually actinomorphic, perfect. Tepals petaloid, in 2 whorls of 3, sometimes fused below. Stamens 6. Carpels 3, fused, the ovary superior or inferior. Fruits capsules with 3 or 6 locules. Seeds numerous, flattened, usually black. Twenty genera, 600 species, worldwide, especially in seasonally dry regions.

Genera of Agavaceae traditionally have been placed into the Liliaceae or Amaryllidaceae. See the family treatment of the Liliaceae for a discussion of the family limits in this group.


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1 Leaves somewhat fleshy; tepals fused basally; ovary inferior 1 Manfreda
+ Leaves leathery; tepals free; ovary superior 2 Yucca
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