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Taxon: Cordyline australis (G. Forst.) Endl.

Genus: Cordyline
Family: Asparagaceae subfamily: Lomandroideae. Also placed in: Agavaceae Asteliaceae Laxmanniaceae Lomandraceae
Nomen number: 11503
Place of publication: Prodr. fl. Norfolk. 29. 1833 (J. D. Hooker, Gard. Chron. 1860:792. 1860)
Name verified on: 11-Apr-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 11-Apr-2000
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • cabbage-palm   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • cabbagetree   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • fountain-dracaena   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • giant-dracaena   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • grass-palm   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • New Zealand cabbagetree   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • palm-lily   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • dracena-azul   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • dracena-das-montanhas   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • syddracena   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Food additives: sweetener   (fide Pl Book)
  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Hortus 3)

Distributional range:

    New Zealand: New Zealand

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Cordyline australis (G. Forst.) Endl.:

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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