Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect or suberect shrubs; stems woody with annular leaf scars on younger growth. Leaves confined to upper parts of branches, apparently sessile or petiolate with sheathing bases. Inflorescence a terminal or lateral panicle. Flowers bisexual; sepals and petals each 3, similar, shortly united at base; staminal filaments attached at base of perianth segments; ovary superior; stigma capitate or 3-lobed. Fruit a berry; seeds few to many, black and shining.

About 20 species, mostly tropical but extending south to New Zealand in the Pacific region, also in Africa and South America; 8 native and 1 naturalised species in Australia, 2 naturalised in Victoria.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Agavaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Frank Udovicic, 2014-06-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cordyline
Subordinate taxa