Cordyline australis (J.R.Forst.) Endl.

Cabbage Tree

Short-rhizomed branched woody tree to about 20 m. Leaves up to 1 m long, numerous, linear, flat. Inflorescence a branched panicle. Flowers numerous, more or less sessile, scented; late spring. Tepals to 6 mm long, not spreading, white, shortly fused basally. Fruit white, about 4 mm wide. Grown as an ornamental tree in full sun to light shade.

New Zealand.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Laxmanniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Cordyline australis 'Purpurea'

Leaves purplish-bronze.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Cordyline R.Br.