Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Agave sisalana Perrine
Invasive, Minor problem species
Origin: Central America (Mexico)
Growth Form: Shrub
Plant Description: Plant: Succulent shrub with thick, sword-shaped leaves in a basal rosette up to 2 m high; suckers from the base; flowering pole 5–6 m tall. Leaves: Bright green, with minutely toothed to smooth margins and terminal spine. Flowers: Greenish-yellow, 100 mm long, December–March. Fruit: None; flowers are replaced with small plants (bulbils), ± 150 mm long, which fall to the ground and take root.
Key Features: does not have spines on the margins of its leaves (c.f. A. americana)
Control: injection of concentrated MSMA, clear the area with fire when plants are dead and dry
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Kenneth M. Gale

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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