Taxon: Cordyline fruticosa (L.) A. Chev.

Genus: Cordyline
Family: Asparagaceae
  Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Nomen number: 401621
Place of publication: Jard. bot. Saigon 66. 1919
Comment: C. fruticosa Goepp. (1855) is a nom. nud.
Name Verified on: 18-Apr-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 16-Sep-2002
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 7 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide F Viti)
  • Human food: vegetable (roots fide L Edible Pl; F Viti)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan

  • Cultivated:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan
    • Indo-China: Myanmar
    • Malesia: Indonesia - Java; New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Micronesia


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Check other web resources for Cordyline fruticosa (L.) A. Chev. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.