5 gen. mostly S. hemisphere

Cordyline Comm. ex R.Br.

8 species in Aust. (7 endemic); Qld, NSW

Cordyline stricta (Sims) Endl.

Shrub up to 2 m high with annular scars on the stems. Leaves crowded towards the top of the stems, linear, up to 80 cm long. Flowers in a panicle up to 80 cm long. Perianth segments white to purplish; the outer ones c. 5 mm long, shorter than the inner. Stamens adnate to the perianth segments near the base. Fruit ± succulent when young but becoming dry, tardily dehiscent. Coast north of the Hawkesbury River; Kurrajong. RF