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Agave karatto Miller

Dagger log, batta log, maguey, kabuya

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”

About plant names...

"Dagger log," also "batta log," is native to the Windward Islands of the Caribbean West Indies, including Antigua and Barbuda; it is the national flower of both Antigua and Barbuda. They are not found in the wild elsewhere in North America. The common names refer to the use of the rigid flowering stalks to create fishing rafts. The white interior pulp of the leaves was also used for bait.

Identification: Rosettes are 8-10′ (2.4-3 m) around. Leaves are dagger-like, medium green, up to 3′ (1 m) long, with sharp tips and small teeth along the edges. The flowering spike is up to 18′ (5.5 m) feet high, multiply branched near the top. Flowers are yellow. After flowering, numerous bulbils appear near the spent flowers, forming new plants which shortly drop to the ground (the baby plants are clearly visible in Photo 1).

Online References:

The Huntington Botanical Gardens



Agave karatto (dagger log, batta log, maguey, kabuya)

1 · 2/24/1998 · Antigua

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Agave karatto description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Agave karatto (dagger log, batta log, maguey, kabuya)

2 · 2/24/1998 · Antigua

Agave karatto (dagger log, batta log, maguey, kabuya)

3 · That might be a gray kingbird perched on top. · 2/24/1998 · Antigua

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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