Dracaena fragrans

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Dracaena fragrans (L.) Ker Gawl.
  • The generic name comes from Greek word drakaina, which means 'dragons blood'.

  • Synonyms : Aletris fragrans L.
  • Common Name : Cornstalk Dracaena
  • Plant Family : Agavaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15, 21, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Infocity

About Dracaena fragrans Plant :

  • Habit : Common and hardy species, grows up to 4-5 m erect, branched or unbranched usually multistemmed at the base.
  • Leaves : Large, 50-60 cm long, 5-7 cm wide, glossy green, oblanceolate, recurved, small leaves are erect to spreading and larger leaves usually drooping under their weight.
  • Flowers : Yellowish in clusters on long panicles, corolla 6-lobed, pink at first, opening white with a fine red or purple central line on each lobe, highly fragrant.
  • Fruit : Orange-red berry with several seeds.
  • Significance : It is grown as an ornamental plant.