African Plant Database

Dracaena goldieana Bullen ex Mast. & Moore
Family : Dracaenaceae
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cordyline goldieana (W. Bull ex Mast. & Moore) Kuntze
 Draco goldieana (Bullen ex Mast. & Moore) Kuntze
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect shrub 0,3-0,6 m tall; stem to 1 cm Ø, leafy from top to bottom; leaves 9-35 cm long, blade ovate 2,5-11 cm wide, tip acuminate, base rounded, with false petiole 2,5-8 cm long clasping the stem; leaves very ornamental with transverse bars of dark green and silver grey; wild flowering material not known; but: inflorescence rather dense (like those figured in Bot. Mag.: pl. 6630, 1882) in specimens collected in Cameroon, but cultivated specimens at WAG have a widely branched inflorescence, and according to Bos & Cullen in the European Garden Flora (ed. 2, 1: 191, 2011, D. goldieana Lindley, errore) it is “a congested, head-like, terminal panicle borne between the sheaths of the upper leaves so that it appears to be a common stalk (more rarely an elongated panicle)”; perianth c. 2,5 cm long, tube longer than the spreading lobes, white; cf. also Bos in Agric. Univ. Wagen. Papers 84-1: 76-79, 1984; fruit not known.
Ecology : Forest. – Known from only 4 locations; there threatened by forest clearance for timber and agricultural land.
  Cultivated for its spectacular leaves.
  The identity of material from Gabon (in Sosef & al., Check-list pl. vascul. Gabon: 252, 2006) is uncertain; further study needed.
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