Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
Synonyms: Agave foetida L. , Agave gigantea D. Dietr, Furcraea gigantea Vent. , Furcraea gigantea Vent. var. willemetiana Roem.
Common names: cadère (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), chanvre de Maurice (French), choca vert (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), choka (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), choka vert (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), green aloe (English)
Organism type: herb, succulent
Originally from South America, Furcraea foetida was introduced as an ornamental and for its fiber. Naturalised on several islands, its inflorescences produce bulblets in large quantities that disperse naturally and form dense impenetrable stands which exclude native vegetation.
agricultural areas, natural forests, ruderal/disturbed, scrub/shrublands
Native range: South America
Known introduced range: The species has been widely introduced and cultivated for its fiber (Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu,La Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues) (PIER, 2006).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008