Stown Furcraea_April 2016_b

Furcraea foetida – Mauritian Hemp
Category 1a invasive specie – Must be combated and eradicated. Any form of trade or planting is strictly prohibited.

Stown Furcraea_April 2016_a

Furcraea foetida is an evergreen perennial sub-shrub, stemless or with a short stem up to 1 m tall. The leaves are sword-shaped, 1-1.8 m long and 10–15 cm broad at their widest point, narrowing to 6–7 cm broad at the leaf base, and to a sharp spine tip at the apex; the margins are entire or with a few hooked spines. The flowers are greenish to creamy white, 4 cm long, and strongly scented; they are produced on a large inflorescence up to 7.5 m tall. Cultivation The plant is cultivated in subtropical and tropical regions for products and as an ornamental plant for gardens. Its leaves are used to produce a natural fiber similar to sisal.