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Product: Sisal

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   Sisal belongs to the category Fibres
   and originated in The Americas

 SUMMARY
 WILD RELATIVES
 ORIGINS
 EARLY USES
 TRANSFER AND SPREAD
 AGRICULTURE
 MODERN CONTEXT
  POST HARVEST


SISAL

Agave sisalana Perrine (Agavaceae).

Sisal was given its scientific name by American botanist Henry Perrine in 1838. The species name comes from the Mexican port of Sisal, from where the plant was first exported.

Native to Mexico, not known from the wild.

Life form: long-lived monocarpic perennial; this species is a sexually sterile clone.

Part used: leaves used for fibre.

Ploidy level: pentaploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London (Agave sisalana Perrine - Sisal)