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Furcraea acaulis - (Kunth) B.Ullrich

Common Name Cocuiza
Family Asparagaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Sharp tips
Habitats Tropical highlands. Semi-arid to humid.
Range South America.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Furcraea acaulis Cocuiza


(c) New York Botanical Garden
Furcraea acaulis Cocuiza
(c) New York Botanical Garden

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Furcraea acaulis is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 1.5 m (5ft) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Codonocrinum agavoides Willd. ex Schult. & Schult.f. Furcraea altissima L.H.Bailey. Furcraea humboldtiana Trel. Yucca acaulis Kunth

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Carbon Farming Solutions - Industrial Crop: fiber (Crops grown for non-food uses. Industrial crops provide resources in three main categories: materials, chemicals, and energy. Good leaf lamina fibres that need to be seperated from the rest of the plant. Lamina fibres cannot be used for fine textiles but for rope, nets, bags, and rugs. Traditional materials include lumber and thatch, paper and cardboard, and textiles) [1-1]. Agroforestry Services: living fence (Agroforestry is a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland).

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

Climate: tropical highlands. Humidity: semi-arid to humid. Acaulis (Latin) means having no stem or stalk. Its leaf blade is about 150 centimeters long and 12.5 to 15 centimeters wide. The inflorescence reaches a height of 7.2 to 9 meters (rarely to 12 meters) and has a long shaft. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: regional crop. Management: standard (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Simply managed rows of shrubs and trees.
  • Industrial Crop: Fiber  Clothing, rugs, sheets, blankets etc. Currently, almost none of our fiber are produced from perennial crops but could be!
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Plant Propagation

Seeds. Bulblets, Cuttings

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Cocuiza

Furcraea acaulis is distributed in northern Venezuela

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Furcraea andinaPacpa, FiquePerennial2.5 10-12 FLMNDM114
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Furcraea foetidaMauritius HempPerennial2.0 9-11 FLMSNDM023
Furcraea hexapetalaFique, Cuban HempPerennial1.0 9-11 FLMHNDM012

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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