century plant


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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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Starting with the second generation, history books for each individual car are kept at the Century plant. These books contain the records of the inspections performed after each process, including the name of the person supervising the inspection and the date.
Agave Americana only flowers every 100 years, hence its nonscientific name, the century plant.
We came across two members of the agave family, the banana yucca with waxy, ivory flowers and the century plant that produces a tall stalk with yellow and orange flowers in spring.
Where once was a cluttered collection of plants gone wild outside the kitchen door, today features a composed river of evergreens--including Agave attenuata, century plant, Leymus condensatus, pride of Madeira, and Schefflera elegantissima.
Based on a 19th century plant and seed transportation box, the installation will house a variety of brightly-coloured, artificial exotic plants which will emerge overhead and spill out from the structure.
Agave americana is also known as century plant or American aloe, in the arid areas of Central America, Mexico, India, Africa and Southern Europe.
Agave Americana, also known as century plant, is a poisonous plant that can be found in Mexico and is generally not edible.
Although known as the century plant it typically lives for 25 years, making it a great family heirloom.
The agave, or century plant, may not take 100 years to bloom, but it could take half that long.
In these one hundred paintings about photography and the digital circulation of pictures, Roeder's melancholic emphasis on the last native Chumash in California, the last grizzly, and the century plant's once-in-a-lifetime blossoming aptly sums up the zeitgeist: Our tides need turning and ways of life are ending.
The Latin came easier now; not so before when he had to use the common names: 'Queen Victoria century plant' or 'royal agave.' It sat in an 18-inch faux terra cotta pot.
Agave, the century plant, is a vicious but startling-looking species due to the spikes at the end of each leaf, so handle with care.