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(family Agavaceae)

A genus of rosette plants that produce, after many years, a terminal inflorescence and then die. A. americana (the century plant) provides the Mexican beverage pulque, and its juice may be distilled to produce mescal. Several Agave species provide fibres (e.g. sisal hemp and istle fibre). There are about 300 species, found in subtropical and tropical parts of arid America.

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