Cordyline australis

Names

Names

Scientific: Cordyline australis

English: Cabbage tree

Portuguese: Fiteira

Origins

Origins

Family: Asparagaceae

Origin: New Zealand

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameCordyline australis
English NameCabbage tree.
Portuguese NameFiteira, fiteiras.
German NameCordyline, Keulenbaum, Keulenlilie.
FamilyAsparagaceae
OriginNew Zealand.
HabitatSwamps, forests, riverbanks and savannas.
Life CyclePerennial
Preferences CultivationAlthough it prefers sun exposure, tolerates shaded areas. Sandy soils but adapts to heavy soils and tolerates maritime exposure. When young, the plant is sensitive to frost.
Method of propagationSowing – late spring or early summer. 
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from August to September. H: 20 m, ᴓ 9 m
Description of smells and flavorsSweet perfume.
Properties MedicinalUnknown
Properties EdibilityThe root is edible if cooked previously. The pith of the trunk after dried and softened is used in soft and sweet drinks.
Properties OtherOrnamental. The fibers of the sheets are mainly used in the industries of paper and fabric. 
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: root, stem and leaves. 
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators and birds. 
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThis species can recover from fire. 

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