Cornstalk Dracaena

Dracaena fragrans

Dracaena fragrans in Kenya photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in forst understory at Kakamega Forest, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

LEAVES: The large flat leaves tend to be clustered terminus of the thick, mostly unbranched stems. Indeed they resemble the leaves of a corn plant.

ROBUST HERB: Leaves and stems are mostly herbaceous but the older stems are tough, hardened.

FLOWERS: The flowers are grouped in clusters on a branched raceme at the ends of branch. There are six tepals (petals and sepals are similar).

FRUIT: Spherical, fleshy fruit.

RANGE: Widespread in Africa, but generally restricted to forested areas.

Dracaenaceae -- Dracaena Family

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Kenya Natural History

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