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Agave americana
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Faimily: Asparagaceae
Subfaimily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

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Agave (/əˈɡɑːv/[1] or /əˈɡv/[2]) is a genus o monocots. The plants are perennial, but each rosette flouers ance an then dies (see semelparity). Some species are kent bi the name century plant.[3]

In the APG III seestem, the genus is placed in the subfamily Agavoideae o the broadly circumscribed faimily Asparagaceae.[4] Some authors prefer tae place it in the segregate faimily Agavaceae. Tradeetionally, it wis circumscribed tae be componed o aboot 166 species, but it is nou uisually unnerstuid tae hae aboot 208 species.[5]


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  1. An Anglo-Hispanic pronunciation. Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607.
  2. An Anglo-Latin pronunciation. OED: "Agave".
  3. Bailey, L.H.; Bailey, E.Z.; the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third: A concise dictionary of plants cultivated in the United States and Canada. Macmillan, New York.
  4. Mark W. Chase, James L. Reveal, and Michael F. Fay. 2009. "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae, and Xanthorrhoeaceae". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161(2):132-136.
  5. Sara V. Good-Avila, Valeria Souza, Brandon S. Gaut, and Luis E. Eguiarte. 2006. "Timing and rate of speciation in Agave (Agavaceae)". PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA) 103(24):9124-9129. doi:10.1073/pnas.0603312103