Cordyline stricta —Narrow-leaved Palm-Lily—ASPARAGACEAE.

Cordyline stricta

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Habitat—In rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—On coastal lowlands and ranges north from near Bilpin (lower Blue Mtns)in New South Wales and Queensland..

Description—Shrub to 5 m high, sometimes sprawling and branched towards base. Only Australian species with black fruit. Often confused with C. congesta.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Stephen Street Reserve, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Linear, 30 to 50 cm long, 1 to 2 cm wide, not or scarcely narrowed towards base, margins smooth, lamina ± flat; petiole not distinct from lamina.

Cordyline stricta
Cordyline stricta

Inflorescence—Panicles 20 to 40 cm long; scape 15 to 30 cm long; pedicels 1.5 to 2.5 mm long. Perianth glabrous, bluish; tepals unequal, outer tepals 4 to 8 mm long, inner ones 8 to 9.5 mm long.

Flowering.—October to November.

Fruit—10 to 15 mm diam., purple to black.

Ripe.—January to February.

Cordyline stricta