Agavaceae

Agave, from the Greek for noble or admirable, referring to the appearance of the inflorescence. Herbs, shrubs or even trees. Leaves usually form a large rosette at the base, or maybe spirally arranged along the stem, some are succulent as in Agave. Inflorescence usually a panicle, often large. Fruit a capsule or berry. Some species of Agave and Yucca yield useful fibres; tequila is also produced from a species of Agave. Australian species placed in this family in the Flora of Australia have now been transferred to the Laxmanniaceae or Dracaenaceae.