Agave vivipara var. vivipara, Fam. Agavaceae
Large freely suckering, short-stemmed perennial succulents with hard fibrous roots; leafy parts to 2m tall x 3m wide.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Succulent or cactus|
Simple, basal leaves, long-lived in rosettes, sword-shaped up to 1300 x 120mm, with a hard dark brown terminal spine to 35mm long, light green to bluish leaves, always with reddish-brown marginal teeth, 2-5mm long and 10-20mm apart.
|Flower description:||Yellow- green 'petals' of unequal-sized with floral filaments 35-45mm long; funnel to urn-shaped basal tube to 18mm long; borne in sprays on an erect central mast-like stem to 6m tall.|
|Fruit description:||Capsules, brown, broadly ovoid, 50mm long with a raggedly-beaked apex and dull black seeds 9-12 x 7-8mm.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||America, chiefly Mexico|
|Notes:||Spread by: suckers, vegetative reproduction, dumped garden waste, water movement and animals. Invades/threats: bushland and coastal dunes forming dense thickets. It has been recorded in coastal areas in district. Historically planted on many islands. Also grown around the world for fibre. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|