What is Cordyline?

  • (noun): Asiatic and Pacific trees or shrubs; fragments of the trunk will regrow to form whole plants.
    Synonyms: genus Cordyline


Cordyline is a genus of about 15 species of woody monocotyledonous flowering plants in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Lomandroideae. The subfamily has previously been treated as a separate family Laxmanniaceae, or Lomandraceae. Other authors have placed the genus in the Agavaceae (now Agavoideae). Cordyline is native to the western Pacific Ocean region, from New Zealand, eastern Australia, southeastern Asia, Polynesia and Hawaii.

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Cordyline - Cultivation and Uses
... In Vanuatu, cordyline leaves (known locally by the Bislama name nanggaria) are worn tucked into a belt in traditional dances, with different varieties having particular symbolic meanings ...