Cordyline stricta (Sims) Endl.

Narrow-leaved Palm Lily

Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 1: 162 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub to 5 m high, sometimes sprawling and branched near base. Leaves linear, 30–50 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, many nerved, the midrib broader than the rest; petiole indistinct, only slightly narrower than remainder of leaf. Panicle 20–40 cm long, each branch subtended by a leaf like bract; bracts subtending flowers c. 3–4 mm long; pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm long; perianth segments oblong, bluish, unequal, outer tepals 4–8 mm long, inner ones 8–9.5 mm long, finally reflexed; stamens exceeding outer perianth segments; style 3-lobed. Berry globose, 8–15 mm diam.; purple to black; seeds c. 3.5 mm long, ± comma-shaped.

*GipP, *OtR. Native to north-eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland,. In its natural habitat it grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest. Grown as an ornamental, and sparingly establablished in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-06
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-02-25
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Cordyline
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cordyline stricta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cordyline stricta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Ranges present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory