EPPO Global Database

Furcraea foetida(FURFO)

Last modification: 2002-07-19

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: FURFO
  • Preferred name: Furcraea foetida
  • Authority: (Linnaeus) Haworth


Central America, South America (northern). Cultivated as a fibre plant. Introduced in many tropical countries: India, southeast Asia, South Africa and other African countries, Madagascar, Mauritius (hence the common name), Caribbean, South America (Bolivia), Australia and New Zealand

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Fourcroya gigantea Ventenat
Furcraea gigantea Ventenat

Common names
Name Language
Mauritius hemp English
Mauritius-Hanf German
aloès vert French
chanvre de Maurice French
cáñamo de Mauricio Spanish
cáñamo de Mauritania Spanish
canapa di Maurizio Italian
piteira-amarela Portuguese
piteira-gigante Portuguese (BR)