Century plant , American aloe

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Century plant , American aloe:Agave americana L.

English Name:  Century plant , American aloeA
Roman Name:  Aonoryuuzetsuran
Flowering season:  Irregular
Use site:  Leaf , flower stems , sap
Plant commentary:  Succulent . Perennial . More height 10m. The stem is usually short, thick . The leaves form a large rosette in about 30 to 60 sheets , previously pointed sharply , thick fleshy with a thorn on the edge . Extend the tall called mast scape , Keru Tsu a yellow flower in a short cylindrical shape greenish in panicles . In monocarpic to bloom once in 70 to 100 years ( IchiMinoru plants ) , 10-20 years in the tropical regions , Kke flowers in 30 to 50 years in the case of Japan , flowering strains wither . Lignified was蒴果ripen . In addition to breeding by seed , increase in Tamame and new stock .
Origin and distribution:  North America southwest , Mexico native . Mainly in Mexico native to the southwestern United States and Central and South America of the tropics . It has been widely cultivated as a houseplant .
Purpose and effect:  Because when it comes to flowering starch stored in the vegetative growth is saccharification , collected the liquid in Mexico , syrup , used to , such as confectionery and cooking as a sweetener . Take a fiber from the leaves , make pen , nail , needle , and thread used for sewing and textiles . The leaves are other fuel , roofing material , squeezed liquid is used as the eyes soap foamed . Didgeridoo of the material , which is a woodwind instrument scape , building materials , such as pillars , was also used as a razor strop instead of the usual . It may be rash and touching the juice of the agave , symptoms are about 1 to 2 weeks , as much as one year after the healing on the appearance there is itching .