Cordyline cannifolia, Fam. Laxmanniaceae
A tall herbaceous plant, palm or palm like, with slender stems, 1-3m high, arising from underground rhizomes, forming compact clumps. Cordyline from the Greek ‘kordyle’ club, referring to the club-like roots of some species.
|Form or habit:||Palm or palm-like plant|
Lance shaped, tapering to the base, dark green, drooping, 30-45 x 5-6cm.
|Flower description:||White, about 0.6cm long, borne in panicles 20-35cm long. November to January.|
|Fruit description:||Red, globular berries, about 0.6cm in diameter.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Suited to shady, moist conditions and will grow well indoors or in a shade house. Propagate from seed, division of the rhizome or stem cuttings.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|