What is the plant
Cordyline stricta is commonly known as the Slender Palm Lily or Narrow-leaved Palm Lily. It is currently placed in the family Asparagaceae, though other family affiliations can be found in older references. These other families are Liliaceae, Asteliaceae, Lomandraceae, Laxmanniaceae, Draceaenaceae and Agavaceae.Its native range forms a band from the southern border of Queensland to the Sydney region, but it has become naturalised in Victoria and possibly South Australia. It grows in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests, with dark, moist gullies being the preferred habitats.Cordyline stricta has narrow, strappy leaves 30-50cm long and 1-2.5cm wide, which tend to be crowded near the top of the stem and leaving scars. There is no distinction between a leaf blade and petiole. When grown in the garden it can reach about 5m high, with highly branched stems that can sprawl or arch. It remains around 2-3m tall when grown in pots, and has a sparser, more compact growth habit.
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