Sisal, the plant

(Species Agave sisalana), plant of the agave family (Agavaceae) is the most important of the leaf fibre (q.v.) group. The plant has a stalk on which the leaves are inserted. Its dimensions are about 1.2 m in height, with a diameter of approximately 20 cm. The lance-shaped leaves, growing out from the stalk in a dense rosette, are fleshy and rigid, with grey to dark green colour. Each is 0.8 to 1.5 m long, 7.6 cm wide at the base, and 10 to 16 cm across at the widest portion, terminating in a sharp spine.

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