African Plant Database

Dracaena arborea (Willd.) Link
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 1: 341 (1821)
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Basionym : Aletris arborea Willd.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Aletris arborea Willd. (1809)
 Cordyline arborea (Willd.) Göpp.
 Draco arborea (Willd.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dracaena arborea var. baumannii Engl.
=Dracaena knerkiana K. Koch (1861)
=Dracaena excelsa Ten. (1839)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree to 20(-30) m tall; trunk to 20-30 cm Ø, frequently producing aerial roots, young stems showing shallowly crescent-shaped long persistent leaf-scars; leaves narrowly oblanceolate to sword-shaped, 0,4-1,5 m x 4-10 cm, tapering to both ends, tip acute, base clasping the stem; inflorescence yellow when fresh, a pendulous, much branched panicle, 1,5-2 m long; flowers in groups of 3-5; pedicels jointed, 0,3-1,3 cm long below the joint; flowers white, 1,7-2,2 cm long, perianth tube 0,5-0,8 cm long, lobes 1-1,3x0,3 cm; fruit bright orange, depressed globose, ± distinctly lobed, 1,2-2,4 cm long, 1,2-2,7 cm Ø.
Ecology : Forest, often near streams; fringing forest; 10-1950 m alt.
  In vegetative state confused with D. fragrans.
  Also planted as an ornamental, in and around villages, as a boundary fence, before shrines, at entrance to sacred groves.
  S. Tomé, Princípe.
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Record n°14267 modified 2007-04-02
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