name = Henequen

image_width = 250px
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Liliopsida
ordo = Asparagales
familia = Agavaceae
genus = "Agave"
species = "A. fourcroydes"
binomial = "Agave fourcroydes"
binomial_authority = Lem.

Henequen ("Agave fourcroydes" Lem.) is an agave whose leaves yield a fiber also called henequen which is suitable for rope and twine, but not of as high a quality as sisal. Alternative spellings are Henequin and Heniquen. It is the major plantation fiber agave of eastern Mexico, being grown extensively in Yucatán, Veracruz, and southern Tamaulipas.

The plant appears as a rosette of sword-shaped leaves 1.2 to 1.8 meters long, growing out of a thick stem that may reach 1.7 meters (5 ft). The leaves have regularly-spaced teeth 3-6 mm long, and a terminal spine 2-3 cm long.

Like the sisal, "A. fourcroydes" is a sterile hybrid; the ovaries never produce seeds. The plant does produce bulbils that may be planted, but commercial growers prefer to use the frequent suckers, which develop more quickly.


* Howard Scott Gentry, "Agaves of Continental North America" (University of Arizona Press, 1982) pp. 573-576

External links

* [http://www.yucatantoday.com/culture/eng-haciendas.htm Henequen-growing Haciendas in the Yucatan]

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