Common name: Cabbage Tree, Ti kouka
Cordyline australis (G.Forst.) Endl. APNI*
Description: Shrub or monocot much-branched 'tree' to 12 m or more (in native areas); tyoung unbranched stems 5–10 cm diam. but trunk to 1.5 m in very old plants.
Leaves narrow-lanceolate, 30–100 cm long, 3–6 cm wide; lamina slightly narrowed towards base but without a distinct petiole.
Panicles much-branched, 60–150 cm long. Perianth glabrous, white; tepals subequal, 5–6 mm long.
Fruit c. 4 mm diam., whitish.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated in cooler regions. Recorded as sparsely naturalised in the Blue Mountains (Central Tablelands); also *Tas. Native to New Zealand.
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Other Australian states: *Tas.
Text by KL Wilson (July 2008; edited Jan 2013)
Taxon concept: LB Moore in Moore & Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand vol.2
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