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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright B. Gray
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Cordyline manners-suttoniae F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1865) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 195. Type: In monte Ellioti, Fitzalan; haud procul ab urbe Rockhampton, Dallachy et Bowman. Lecto: Fitzalan, MEL 645614. Fide Pedley (1986).
Cordyline terminalis var. manners-suttoniae (F.Muell.) Baker, Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany 14: 541(1875), Type: ?.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub, single-stemmed or branched, up to 5 m tall.
Leaf blades about 35-65 x 6-15 cm, green on the underside. Petiole about 12-30 cm long, grooved on the upper surface, U-shaped in transverse section. Numerous secondary veins run parallel to the main lateral veins.
One or two cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. First pair of leaves longitudinally veined, glabrous, apices mucronate, petiole bases sheathing the stem. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves longitudinally veined, apices aristate. Petioles U-shaped in transverse section, longitudinally veined and sheathing the stem. Petiole margin translucent.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards to coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 660 m. Grows in rain forest and other types of forest around swamps or on poorly drained soils.
Cultivated as a garden or indoor plant.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)