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Cordyline australis

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Family: LaxmanniaceaeView Description 
Habit: Perennial herb, +- palm- or tree-like, trunks [0]1--several. Stem: [0] tall, slender, woody [or not], with obvious leaf scars. Leaf: [basal] cauline, alternate, generally crowded near stem tip, sessile or +- narrowed basally, +- clasping. Inflorescence: terminal [axillary], panicles [(racemes), umbels, large cymes, or flowers 1], sessile or +- so. Flower: perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, fused at base; stamens 6, equal [unequal], anthers attached at middle [base]; ovary superior, 3-chambered, style 1, stigma minutely 3-lobed. Fruit: berry [loculicidal or indehiscent capsule].
Genera In Family: 14--15 genera, 178 species: Australia, Asia, South America. Etymology: (Laxmannia, the type genus, possibly named for Erik Laxman, 18th century Finnish clergyman, biologist, and traveler in Siberia)
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: CordylineView Description 

Stem: trunks increasing in diam in age. Leaf: long-lived, crowded in tufts of 200+ distally, 30--100 cm, long-linear to narrow-elliptic, narrowed just above base but not petioled. Inflorescence: terminal (but soon made lateral by dominance of axillary shoot), erect or drooping; bracts 3, > panicle, flowers +- sessile, subtended by 3 scale-like bractlets. Flower: small, radial, +- white, perianth tube short; stamens 6, fused to perianth base; ovules several to many. Fruit: dry in age. Seed: black.
Species In Genus: +- 15 species: Australasia to New Zealand. Etymology: (Greek: club, from thickened fleshy roots)
Cordyline australis (G. Forst.) Endl.
Stem: 1--2[5--15] m. Leaf: 80--100 cm, 2.5--5 cm wide, acute to acuminate, +- flat, stiff. Flower: 6--10 mm wide, fragrant. Fruit: white. Chromosomes: n=19.
Ecology: Disturbed and/or formerly cultivated areas; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, CCo, PR; Distribution Outside California: New Zealand. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Unabridged Note: A population of several thousand plants reported at Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., but they have not flowered so identification unconfirmed. Author citation uncertain.
Jepson eFlora Author: Dale W. McNeal
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Citation for this treatment: Dale W. McNeal 2012, Cordyline australis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=80712, accessed on March 30, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on March 30, 2020.

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NCo, CCo, PR
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