African Plant Database

Dracaena afromontana Mildbr.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Sitzb. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, xxxix. 1004 (1909)
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Dracaena reflexa var. nitens auct. Baker p.p., quoad specim. from eastern Africa
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree, 2-12 m tall, sometimes straggling with stem to 25 cm Ø; branches few, arching, with a distinct pattern of horseshoe-shaped leaf-scars; leaves sessile, 12-35x1,5-3 cm, base clasping, apex acute; inflorescence pendulous, paniculate, 20-60 cm long; flowers in groups of 1-3; pedicels 0,4-1,2 cm long, articulated above middle; flowers white, pale green or purple-tinged outside, 1,5 cm long (tube 1 mm) x 0,2-0,3 mm; fruit orange, globose or lobed, 1,2-2 cm Ø.
Ecology : Rain-forest; moist forest; bamboo forest; often forming dense stands; forest with Podocarpus latifolius, Olea capensis, Syzygium guineense; sometimes common; 1600-2800 m alt.
  Used for marking field foundaries and graves; also found as a pot plant in hotels and offices.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography other :
  • Kipkoech S. & al. (2020). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Aberdare Ranges Forest, a part of Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot PhytoKeys 149: 18
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