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Fruits on a wild plant in Zimbabwe.

Wild plant in Zimbabwe.

Flower and fruits.

Author:  John Bellenden Ker Gawl 1808
Family:  Dracaenaceae
Habitat:   Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
Soil:   Peat
Water:   Medium
Sun:   Minimum
Thickness:  30 centimetres
Height:  7 meters
Flower:   Brown/White
Propagate:   Seeds/Cuttings
Names:   Corn Plant
Synonyms:   Aletris fragrans, L.
Aloe fragrantissima,
Cordyline fragrans, Planch.
Dracaena albanensis,
Sander ex Mast.
Dracaena aureolus,
W.Bull ex Mast.
Dracaena broomfieldii,
Sander ex Mast.
Dracaena butayei,
De Wild.
Dracaena deisteliana,
Dracaena deremensis,
Dracaena janssensii, I.
Dracaena lindenii,
Linden ex André.
Dracaena massangeana,
Dracaena smithii,
Baker ex Hook.f.
Dracaena ugandensis,
Dracaena victoria,
Draco fragrans,
Pleomele deremensis,
Pleomele fragrans,
Pleomele smithii,
Pleomele ugandensis,
Sansevieria fragrans,

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.

Wild plant in Zimbabwe.