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1. Agave cantula Roxb., Fl. Ind. ed. 2,2:167. 1832.

Vern.: Kantala.


  • Agave cantala Roxb.

    Stem very reduced or absent. Leaves forming a lax rosette, curving outwards from the base, greyish-green glaucous, shallowly channelled, more or less only in the mid area, more than 100 x 10-12 cm, widest about the middle, neck not sharply constricted. Two third of older leaves usually drooping, apical spine 1-1.5 cm, dark reddish brown. Marginal spines patent or hooked upwards. Scape 4.5-6 mm thick, terete, leafy bulbils usually in pairs, subtended by bracts. Bracts 15-20x 11-13 mm, ovate, tinged red, with narrow scarious margins.

    Type: Described from Bengal (Introduced).

    Introduced in Indo-Pakistan where it is now naturalized. Common in Pakistan, often planted on bare hills. Cultivated on a small scale by villagers for its fibres.


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