American aloe


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American aloe

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(Plants) another name for century plant
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Noun1.American aloe - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikesAmerican aloe - 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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At the foot of a flight of steps, leading to the house door, which was guarded on either side by an American aloe in a green tub, the sedan-chair stopped.
Jingle and his attendant, down the flight of steps, into the American aloe tubs that stood beneath.
Few plants are more impressive than a well-grown specimen of the American aloe, Agave americana Variegata.

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