Agave fourcroydes is native to southern Mexico and Guatemala.
The leaves of Agave fourcroydes yield a fiber also called henequen which is suitable for rope and twine, but not of as high quality as sisal.
Alternative spellings are Henequin and Heniquen.
It is the major plantation fiber Agave of eastern Mexico, being grown extensively in Yucatán, Veracruz, and southern Tamaulipas.
It is also used to make Licor del henequén, a traditional Mexican alcoholic drink.
The plant appears as a rosette of sword-shaped leaves 1.2 to 1.8 meters long, growing out of a thick stem that may reach 1.7 meters.
The leaves have regularly spaced teeth 3–6 mm long, and a terminal spine 2–3 cm long.