Cordyline rubra —Red Palm-Lily—ASPARAGACEAE.

Cordyline rubra

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—Coastal lowlands and ranges; north from Lismore, New South Wales to about Bundaberg, Queensland.

Description—Shrub to 4 m high, sometimes branched.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Forster Cemetery, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Talawahl Nature Reserve.

Leaves.— 15 to 50 cm long, 3 to 5.5 cm wide; lamina ± narrow—elliptic, gradually narrowed into a ± flat or slightly incurved petiole 5 to 20 cm long.

Cordyline rubra
Cordyline rubra

Inflorescence—Panicles 20 to 40 cm long; scape 10 to 30 cm long; pedicels 0.5 to 2 mm long. Perianth glabrous, bluish; tepals unequal, outer tepals 6 to 9 mm long, inner ones 7 to 10 mm long.

Flowering.—November to December.

Fruit—c.10 mm diam., red.

Ripe.—January to February.

Cordyline rubra