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century plant

n.
See agave.

century plant

n
(Plants) an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century). Also called: American aloe

cen′tury plant`


n.
a desert agave, Agave americana, having a tall flower stalk emerging from a rosette of leaves, that requires a decade or more to mature and blooms only once.
[1755–65, Amer.]
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Noun1.century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikescentury plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
Agavaceae, agave family, family Agavaceae, sisal family - chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae
Agave americana, American agave - widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish-white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies
Agave sisalana, sisal - Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope
Agave cantala, cantala, maguey - Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
Agave atrovirens, maguey - Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
Agave tequilana - Mexican plant used especially for making tequila
dracaena - an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
Nolina microcarpa, bear grass - stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
sansevieria, bowstring hemp - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
desert plant, xerophile, xerophilous plant, xerophyte, xerophytic plant - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
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The plant, also dubbed the century plant due to its infrequent blossoming, is used to produce tequila.
But it also needs solid form from plants like fuchsias, camellias, rhododendrons, and the sculptural century plant (Agave americana) with its huge cutlass-shaped leaves.
Plywood, bent to a variety of degrees in a separate Century plant, forms the base of many of Century's curved surfaces, but when a high degree of flexibility is called for, the company often looks outside its own plants to use a material called Kerfkore.
Though the century plant was the basis for alcoholic beverages in precolonial Mexico--bourbon, the corn booze, is a North American curse-corn was the chief ingredient in horchata, Mexico's most popular nonalcoholic drink before the arrival of soft drinks.
Semitropical' is semiarid here, where the cacti sometimes grow, as well as the local version of the Christmas tree--the century plant, which, somewhat like its northern counterpart, blooms once and dies.
89 per share fully diluted, in the first nine months of 2008 Operational Update and Guidance -- Production growth of approximately 9% in the first nine months of 2009 compared to the first nine months of 2008 -- 2009 net production guidance revised to reflect approximately 4% growth from 2008 -- Initial 2010 net production guidance of 120 Bcfe, an increase of approximately 15% over expected 2009 production, with estimated capital expenditures of $750 million -- CO2 treating capacity increased by 60 MMcf per day from second quarter 2009 to 375 MMcf per day currently, with an additional 400 MMcf per day available mid-2010 upon start up of Century Plant Phase 1 -- Rig count increased to 9 rigs currently from low of 4 rigs during third quarter 2009
While I was there, I saw a small exhibition of 17th century plant illustrations in the Royal Library (Amazing Rare Things, which is showing until September 28.
When you think of agaves, you probably conjure up pictures of the century plant (Agave Americana), a forbidding species whose splayed and leathery leaves may exceed 6 feet in length.
The striking Century Plant has thrown up a massive 20ft beanstalk-like flower through the glass at the university's Treborth Botanic Garden.
The Agave Americana 'Marginata' commonly known as the Century Plant, has reached the stunning height of 25ft 9in.
The continuation of this strategy involves a period of expansion in 2010 and 2011 in order to fill Phases 1 and 2 of the Century Plant as they are completed and producing more than 500 MMcfe per day in 2012.