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Title: A report on the leaf fibers of the United States detailing results of recent investigations relating to Florida sisal hemp, the false sisal hemp plant of Florida, and other fiber-producing agaves; bowstring hemp, pineapple fiber, New Zealand flax, and bear-grass
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Dodge, Charles Richards, 1847-1918
Publisher: Washington, Govt. print. off
Contributing Library: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Digitizing Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
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Fig. 2. Group of Partially Grown Plants. U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Fiber Report No. 5. Plate IX. v
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Fig. 1. Sansevieria Plants in Blossom. : M Fig. 2. Advanced Plants in Propagating Bed. 61 if not cut, stand without injury for a number of years, the plant at the end of that timeaffording just as good fiber as in the first or second year of its growth. I am satis-fied that a plantation would last over ten years without any necessity for renewingit or for interfering with it in any manner. Sansevieria will, after it is well estab-lished, afford a crop of 5 tons of clean fiber per acre, worth, upon estimate, about0 per ton. I selected a few square feet, where the growth was thickest, as an experi-ment, to show how much a crop was capable of producing, cut and cleaned theleaves, and found it gave at the rate of 13| tons of clean fiber per acre. I do not,however, believe that the average crop will go over 5 tons per acre, which I considera fair estimate. The fiber of the sansevieria is capable of being manufactured into anything fromthe heaviest cordage to the finest fabric for ladies
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