is a large new-world genus with more than 250 species known from the Americas. They are commonly known as Century Plants, as it was believed these plants flower once in a century.
The plants take many years to reach maturity but produces very tall many-flowered inflorescences. They are known as monocarpic plants, a term used for plants that dies back after its flowering cycle is complete, this is due a large amount of energy that is transferred into the development of the large inflorescences and the fact that the inflorescences are borne terminally, terminating the growing points of the plants. The plant reproduce by offsetting, seed or small plantlets that develops on the spent inflorescences.
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