|Monocotyledon|| Literature for Cordyline fruticosa
Wagner et al. 1990, 1999..
Common name(s): ki, ti (Hawaiian Islands, Marquesas Islands)
|Distribution||Native range unknown, but possibly indigenous to the Himalayas, southeastern Asia, Malesia, and northern Australia, widely spread by early human migrations.In the Hawaiian Islands, a Polynesian introduction on Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.|
||Shrubs 2-3.5 m tall, stems unbranched or few branched.
||Leaves green, relatively thin, lanceolate to oblong elliptic, usually 40-80 cm long, 8-16 cm wide, apex acuminate with a mucronate tip, base cuneate; petioles usually 10-18 cm long.
||Flowers in paniculate inflorescences ca. 20-30 cm long, each one sessile, subtended by 3 small bracts; tepals white, the outer ones tinged pink, 8-15 mm long, becoming strongly reflexed.
||Fruit rarely formed.
||2n = ca. 152.
||Many leaf color variants in cultivation. Fruit is rarely formed in Polynesian cultivars with large green leaves.