Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
Mauritius hemp
Agavaceae
 

This large, rosette plant rarely grows above 1.5 m though the inflorescence may reach 5 m. The inflorescence produces bulbils rather than seeds which are dispersed locally, forming dense monotypic thickets. The plants are not susceptible to fire, which does not move through concentrations of this plant. It has not been evaluated for biological control.

This plant grows between sea level and 1,000 m in dry habitats. There are major infestations along the Napali coast, Kaua'i, near Wailuku, Maui, and Ka'uhako Crater, Kalaupapa, Moloka'i.


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