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Common name: Palm-lily
Cordyline rubra Otto & A.Dietr. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 4 m high, sometimes branched.
Leaves 15–50 cm long, 3–5.5 cm wide; lamina ± narrow-elliptic, gradually narrowed into a ± flat or slightly incurved petiole 5–20 cm long.
Panicles 20–40 cm long; scape 10–30 cm long; pedicels 0.5–2 mm long. Perianth glabrous, bluish; tepals unequal, outer tepals 6–9 mm long, inner tepals 7–10 mm long.
Fruit c. 10 mm diam., red.
Distribution and occurrence: Coastal lowlands and ranges; north from Lismore to about Bundaberg.
In warmer rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden (1993); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2013)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993) and L. Pedley (1986) Flora of Australia 46: 82.
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