African Plant Database

Dracaena surculosa Lindl.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bot. Reg. 14: t. 1169 (1828)
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Dracaena surculosa Lindl. var. surculosa
 Draco surculosa (Lindl.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dracaena godseffiana Sander ex Mast.
=Nemampsis ternifolia Raf.
=Pleomele godseffiana (Sander ex Mast.) N.E. Br.
Taxon infra-specific
Dracaena surculosa Lindl. var. surculosa
Dracaena surculosa var. maculata Hook. f.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Branched shrub 1-8 m tall; rootcrown producing cane-like shoots, the tallest often ± sarmentose, topped by a pseudowhorl of a small number of leaves; leaves elliptic, 1,5-20x0,5-7 cm, apex acuminate, base almost rounded with a pseudopetiole 0,2-1,3x0,1-0,8 cm; inflorescences terminal on cane and branches, but also axillary; inflorescences with to 7 distinct 1-5-flowered glomerules in the distal part and a 5-45-flowered terminal glomerule; flowers greenish to pure white, 1,5-4,2 cm long, tube 0,7-1,2 cm long, lobes 0,6-1,6 cm long; fruit orange-scarlet, globose or distinctly lobed, to 2 cm Ø.
Ecology : Primary and secondary forests; 500 (? and less) - 1600 m alt.
  Cultivated in W Africa and under glass in temperate countries as ornamental foliage plants
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carte afrique num 175011
Record n°175011 modified 2009-05-27
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