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Cordyline fruticosa

Cordyline fruticosa (L.) A. Chev

Convallaria fruticosa L.

Cordyline terminalis (L.) Kunth

Cordyline terminalis (L.) Kunth var. ti (Schott) Baker

Dracaena terminalis (L.) L.

Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusCordylineFrom the Greek cordyle, “a club”
Speciesfruticosa

About plant names...

The ti plant is probably a native of southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. It may also be native to Melanesia, northeastern Australia, the Indian Ocean, and parts of Polynesia. Or it may have been spread by the Polynesians, who used it as a food source, to many of these locations, including Hawai‘i and New Zealand. Ti plant and its cultivars are popular among gardeners.

Identification: Ti plant looks a bit like a palm, but it is a member of the lily family. It reaches 13' (4 m) in height, with leaves 12-24" (30-60 cm) long × 1¾-4" (5-10 cm) wide. Leaves are green, reddish purple or combinations. Its flowers form hanging panicles, 16-24" (40-60 cm) long, with yellowish, pink or red flowers less than ½" (1.3 cm) across that become red berries.

Online References:

Cordyline fruticosa on FLORIDATA

Cordyline fruticosa on Wikipedia

Cordyline fruticosa on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

4/9/2015 · MacDonald‘s, Marco Island, FL · By Susan M. Kent
≈ 23 × 17" (58 × 43 cm)

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

4/9/2015 · MacDonald‘s, Marco Island, FL
≈ 4½ × 3' (1.5 × 1 m)

Cordyline fruticosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 20 Apr 2015.

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Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL
≈ 30 × 28" (75 × 71 cm)

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

11/15/2001 · Road to Hana, Maui, HI · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

7/7/2017 · Guam · By Jacquelyn Boyt ID is uncertain

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

8/19/2004 · Maui Botanical Gardens, Maui, HI

Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī)

4/9/2015 · MacDonald‘s, Marco Island, FL
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 35 cm)

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