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see amaryllisamaryllis
, common name for some members of the Amaryllidaceae, a family of mostly perennial plants with narrow, flat leaves and with lilylike flowers borne on separate, leafless stalks.
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A desert emergency food used for production of sugar and syrup. Common landscaping ornamental plant, looks like Aloe, but thicker leaves, (not related to aloe) sometimes more bluish or grey-green, or whitish sharp spikes. When it flowers, a thick vertical stem shoots out of the middle straight up, (sometimes to 40ft!) (12m) with clusters of tubular yellow-green flowers which are edible. They take a long time until they flower, sometimes years. These center stalks are edible when young. Leave a hole where the stalk used to be and it will fill with sap, “agave syrup”, a sweetener. The “heart” is edible- the clump between leaves and root. Leaves can be eaten but aren’t that great NOTE: juice is caustic and can cause skin rash and burn eyes. Best to cook or roast the leaves, then eat, spitting out the fiber. Juice can be boiled to make soap that lathers. Sap is antiseptic, used for diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, diuretic. Root can be boiled and eaten but handle carefully when raw- quite caustic. Roots used to treat syphilis. Unlike other plants, agaves are better the older they get. Seeds, roots, heart can be ground into flour. Water in which agave leaf fiber has been soaked for a day can be used as a scalp disinfectant and tonic for people losing hair. Steroid drug precursors are obtained from the leaves. Edible ones- americana, atrovirens, cantala, chrysantha, complicata, crassipina, deserti, palmeri, paryi, salmiana, scabra, shawii, sisalana, tequilana, utahensis. Non edible- A. lechuguilla.

Century Plant


any one of several succulent, rarely blossoming ornamental plants of the genus Aloe or, less commonly, the genus Agave.

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An additional 400 MMcf per day of CO2 treating capacity will become available in mid-2010 with the start up of Century Plant Phase 1.
Photo: Helen and John Lewis stand in front of their large century plant, which bloomed after a mere 25 years.
The Century Plant will allow us to not only produce this high CO2 gas, but will also provide an environmentally responsible process for the use of CO2 to increase U.
But Kanno can reel off the Latin and common names of every plant and tree, from a quercus lobatas, or native Valley oak, to yucca whipplei, or desert century plant, to a euphorbia millii, or crown of thorns.
The nectar of the century plant, Agave palmeri, smells like an overripe melon, he says.
We are also on schedule to start our Century Plant in the second quarter of 2010.
Whereas there have been waves of imports into Europe from various parts of the world as a direct consequence of the efforts of the 19th and 20th century plant hunters in Asia, Africa and South America, the traffic has not been entirely one way.
The Century Plant commenced operations on September 26, 2010 and is currently processing approximately 90 MMcf per day of gross gas.
6--Color) The agave, native to Mexico and Central America, is known as the century plant.
Meanwhile, something of the literary equivalent of a century plant blooming is also on the horizon as two reclusive authors, Thomas Pynchon and J.
5 acres of mesquite and four, huge, towering old century plants, a cactus garden in the front yard, and with irrigation rights, utilities, an old, three bedroom ranch house with two living areas and a huge kitchen, double-car garage, and outbuildings--for less than $2,500
The dying century plants bent low in the wind, sorrowfully bowing their heads.