Cordyline is a genus of about 15 species of woody monocotyledonous flowering plants classified in Asparagaceae or alternatively the segregate family Laxmanniaceae, in the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group system, but placed by other authors in Agavaceae or Lomandraceae. The genus is native to the western Pacific Ocean region, from New Zealand, eastern Australia, southeastern Asia, Polynesia and Hawaii.

The name Cordyline comes from the Greek word for a club (kordyle), referring to enlarged rhizomes.Selected species

Cultivation and uses

Members of the group are often grown as ornamental plants, and the cabbage tree has had culinary and other uses.


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