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Fruits on a wild plant in Zimbabwe.


Wild plant in Zimbabwe.

Author:  John Bellenden Ker Gawl 1808
Family:  Dracaenaceae
Habitat:   Central Africa
Soil:   Peat
Water:   Medium
Sun:   Minimum
Thickness:  30 centimetres
Height:  7 meters
Flower:   Brown/White
Propagate:   Seeds/Cuttings
Names:   Corn Plant
From the tropical mountain slopes in central Africa. First described by John Bellenden Ker Gawl in 1808, and a member of the Dracaenaceae family. Will do fine in the back of the room, almost without light! Good peat and some water, and it will reach 7 meters. As seen on the photos, it gets big clusters of brown-white flowers. It can be reproduced both by cutting (really easy) and by seeds. I moved in with mine in 1997.

I found them in Zambia, covering the ground under a tropical rain forest in Chirinda National Park, near the Mozambique border.


Flower and fruits.


Wild plant in Zimbabwe.