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Cordyline rubra (Palm Lily)

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Genus: Cordyline
Species: C. rubra
Binomial name: Cordyline rubra
Synonyms: Terminalis rubra
Common name: Palm Lily

Cordyline rubra an evergreen Australian, long-lived shrub or small tree whose natural distribution is from Lismore to near Bundaberg, Queensland. It was introduced early in New Zealand’s recorded history probably as a horticultural specimen.

Cordyline rubra is mainly identified by the leaf stems, which grow from 5 to 20 cm long. They are flat or somewhat concave in shape. The leaves 15 to 50 cm long, and 3 to 5.5 cm wide, narrow-elliptic in shape. Flowering occurs from summer, being lilac in colour. The fruit is a bright red berry, 10 mm in diameter. They grow on panicles 10 to 40 cm long. It grows to around 4 metres tall.
This species propagates by vegetative extensions, root suckering and seeds. The fleshy seeds are dispersed by birds. It is also spread by the dumping of garden waste.




 

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