1108.000 Cordyline Comm. ex R.Br.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Tree-like, shrub; stems woody, few branched with conspicuous leaf scars. Leaves crowded at apex of stems usually petiolate; blades lanceolate with parallel veins that have lateral veins branching from the mid-rib. Inflorescence arises from axils of distal leaves; usually paniculate, large and many branched. Flowers usually tubular-campanulate or sub-cylindric; lobes in 2 whorls of 3. Fruit a leathery capsule. Seeds 1-several, black; coated with phytomelan.

Derivation of name: from the Greek: kordyle meaning a club, referring to the enlarged underground stem or rhizomes.

Worldwide: 20 species in Asia, Australasia, Pacific and tropical America.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

Cordyline fruticosa

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SpeciesContent
australis (G. Forst.) Hook. f.
fruticosa (L.) A. Chev.Image
stricta Endl.

Other sources of information about Cordyline:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordyline
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cordyline
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cordyline
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cordyline
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cordyline
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cordyline
JSTOR Plant Science: Cordyline
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordyline
Plants of the World Online: Cordyline
Tropicos: Cordyline
Wikipedia: Cordyline

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cordyline.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1616, retrieved 25 May 2024

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