Taxon: Agave cantula Roxb.

Genus: Agave
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 5413
Place of publication: Fl. ind. ed. 1932, 2:167. 1832 (Hort. bengal. 25. 1814, nom. nud. "cantala")
Link to protologue:
  • • although "cantala" is spelling used by most, this was never validated (see Philipp. J. Sci., Bot. 7:411. 1912)
  • • Roxb. (1832) makes no reference to Haw., only to A. americana Rumphius
Name Verified on: 20-Mar-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Jul-2006
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Materials: fiber (fide F NGalicia)

Distributional Range:



  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal ; Pakistan

  • Cultivated

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal ; Pakistan


  • Webster's third new international dictionary. 1961 (Websters Dict)
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Gentry, H. S. 1982. Agaves of continental North America. 1982 (Agave NAmer) 568-569.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Kamalesh, T. et al. 1994. Agave americana - potentials ahead (MFP News) 4:14.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. 1983- (F NGalicia)
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. Flora of [West] Pakistan. 1970- (F Pak)
  • Press, J. R. et al. Annotated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal (on-line resource). 2000- (L Nepal Online)
  • Pullaiah, T. et al. Flora of Andhra Pradesh (India). 1997-1998 (F Andhra Prad)
  • Vázquez-García et al. 2004. Flora del norte de Jalisco y etnobotánica Huichola. Serie Fronteras de Biodivesidad. 2004- (F NJalisco) 1:59.


Check other web resources for Agave cantula Roxb. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.