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Taxon:Furcraea andina Trel. in L.H.Bailey Family: Asparagaceae
Determiner: J.A. Furlong (1909-11-12)
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J. A. Furlong
Verbatim Date: November,12,1909
Peru, NULL, Perene.
Subacaulescent? Leaves narrowly lanceolate, gradually acute, 12-15 x 175-225 cm; end spine, when developed, brown or becoming blackish, conical-awl-shaped, rather large for the genus (1.5-2 x 3-6 mm); marginal prickles continuing nearly to the apex, brown or becoming dark chestnut, 30-50 or even 90 mm apart, 3 (mostly) to 7 mm long, strong, the larger ones gently upcurved or sometimes hooked. Decurrent on deltoid herbaceous margins about 7 mm wide, the intervening often continuously brown-horny margin nearly straight. Inflorescence glaborous. Pedicles very short and slender, 5-7 mm long. Flowers of medium size; ovary scarcely 20 mm long and shorter than the segments which measure about 10 x 25 mm; filaments about 10 mm long; capsules and seeds unknown. Bulbils freely produced, becoming large and heavy, obliquely subconical, their glossy dark green lineate rounded scales margined with white. The 'maguey' of the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes at altitudes of less than 3000 ft, planted for hedges and yielding a fiber used by the Indians. Related to F. elegans, but differing in its often more distant prickles, thus approaching F. macrophylla, and its very much smaller flowers.