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Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by lorax, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Perhaps I'm getting better at this; who knows?

    Genus please, species if you can, and at least three products that come from it.
     

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    How about Myristica Fragrans? Nutmeg,mace,....?
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Nope, you're way off.
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    Furcraea?
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Nope.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Is it a monocot?
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    It sure is.
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Lorax, how about a Clue or another photo?

    Thanks
    Chris
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    The plant is native to Mexico and Central America.
     
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    Maybe this is Furcraea foetida -- white-flowered century plant or green aloe -- used to make a sisal-like fiber, but some also use it to attempt to regrow hair, to lessen headache, as a diuretic, and supposedly an arthritis reliever. What do you say?
     
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    Oops, sorry, I guess I didn't pay close enough attention to your "Nope" above. Not Furcraea foetida, then.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Is it an Agave spp?
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Yes, it is. Agave amaricanus to be exact. Still waiting on the three products that come from it....
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    1. Sisal fibre (usually from another related species of Agave, but can be made from this too)

    2. Pulque (an alcoholic drink variously described as 'revolting' or worse, tho' I'd guess some people like it)

    3. Mezcal (distilled pulque, . . . "A number of objects are frequently added into mezcal bottles along with the mezcal itself. These can include worms, scorpions, and ..." sounds even more disgusting !)
     

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