agave family


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aga′ve fam`ily


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a family, Agavaceae, of fibrous low shrubs and plants with sword-shaped leaves at the base of the stem and a tall spike of flowers: includes the agave, century plant, and yucca.
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Noun1.agave family - chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae)agave family - chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae
liliid monocot family - family of monocotyledonous plants of the subclass Liliidae; mostly herbs usually with petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
Liliales, order Liliales - an order of monocotyledonous plants including Amaryllidaceae and Liliaceae and Iridaceae
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
genus Agave - type genus of the Agavaceae; in some classifications considered a genus of Amaryllidaceae
Cordyline, genus Cordyline - Asiatic and Pacific trees or shrubs; fragments of the trunk will regrow to form whole plants
Dracaenaceae, Dracenaceae, subfamily Dracaenaceae, subfamily Dracenaceae - one of two subfamilies to which some classification systems assign some members of the Agavaceae
genus Dracaena - Old World tropical plants with branches ending in tufts of sword-shaped leaves; in some classifications considered a genus of Liliaceae
genus Nolina, Nolina - perennial plants resembling yucca; found in southern United States and Mexico
genus Polianthes, Polianthes - genus of perennial tuberous herbs having lily-like flowers; Mexico; sometimes placed in family Amaryllidaceae
genus Sansevieria - Old World tropical herbaceous perennial of the agave family; in some classifications considered a genus of Liliaceae
genus Yucca - tropical American plants with stiff lancelike leaves and spikes of white blossoms; sometimes considered a genus of Amaryllidaceae
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