Galapagos Species Checklist

Furcraea hexapetala

(Jacq.) Urb.

Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida (= Monocotyledoneae)
Order Liliales
Family Agavaceae
Genus Furcraea

Furcraea hexapetala  (Jacq.) Urb.


English common name: cuban hemp

Spanish common name: cabuya, penco blanco

Local name: cabuya, penco blanco

Taxonomic comments: Syn.: Furcraea cubensis. In Jørgensen & León-Yánez (1999) as Agave hexapetala Jacq. and Furcraea cubensis (Jacq.) Vent.

Name status: Accepted name; taxon occurs in Galapagos.

Description: The cuban hemp is a shrub similar in appearance to the pineapple plant, composed of thorny, long, tough leaves. A spike of flowers that can measure up to 6 m in height eventually develops in the center.

The sisal is like the pineapple, composed of thorny, long, tough leaves. In the center there is a spike of flowers that can measure up to 6 m in height. It blossoms and bears fruit only once at 10 years of age and then dies. The seeds are dispersed by wind. The species also produces a large number of bulbs on the stem that sprout into new plants when they make contact with the ground, a form of vegetative reproduction.

Last updated: 21 Jan 2014


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    Taxon introduced for agricultural or domestic use; naturalized in the wild.

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  • AcQ
    Questionable Accidental
  • NaQ
    Questionable Native


Galapagos island groups: Floreana, Isabela, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana, originally from Tropical America.

Please be aware that this distribution map is automatically generated from database records (CDF and external specimens, literature records, and observations) and may not accurately reflect the currently-known distribution for all species.


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