Agave karatto Miller
Agave barbadensis Trelease
Agave medioxima Trelease
Agave obducta Trelease
Agave vangrolae Trelease
Agave ventum-versa Trelease
Dagger log, batta log, maguey, kabuya
”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).
Agave karatto at the Huntington Botanical Gardens
Agave karatto on Desert-tropicals.com
Agave karatto at LifeDesks
Agave karatto at the University of Florida IFAS Extension (PDF with great photos of several Antiguan species)
Agave karatto description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 9b-11: