Cordyline congesta —Palm-lily—ASPARAGACEAE.

Cordyline congesta

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Habitat—In and on the margins of warmer rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Clarence River in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub to 3 m high, sparsely branched.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Linear to narrow—lanceolate, 30 to 40 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide; margins of petiole and lower part of lamina cartilaginous, irregularly toothed and rough; lamina narrowed into a shallowly incurved petiole 10 to 20 cm long.

Cordyline congesta
Cordyline congesta

Inflorescence—Panicles 20 to 35 cm long; scape 10 to 25 cm long; pedicels 0.5 to 1 mm long. Perianth glabrous, bluish; tepals unequal, outer tepals 6.5 to 9.5 mm long, inner ones 8.5 to 10.5 mm long.

Flowering.—November to December

Fruit—10 to 15 mm diam., orange-red.

Ripe.—May to June.