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
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.
Cordyline fruticosa on FLORIDATA
Cordyline fruticosa on Wikipedia
Cordyline fruticosa on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
Cordyline fruticosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 20 Apr 2015.