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Twig Dragon Tree
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Twig Dragon Tree
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Twig Dragon Tree
Botanical name: Dracaena elliptica    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Dracaena javanica, Dracaena maculata, Dracaena terniflora Wall.

Twig Dragon Tree is a shru, 1-5 m tall, with stems branched, internodes longer than wide. Leaves are spaced along distal part of branches, distinctly stalked; leaf-stalk about 1 cm, base neither enlarged nor covering internode; leaf blade linear-lanceshaped or narrowly elliptic-lanceshaped, 10-15 x 2-3 cm, midvein distinct. Flowers are borne in a branched cluster at branch-ends, 7-10 cm; axis hairless. Flowers are solitary, rarely paired; flower-stalk about 1 cm, jointed above middle. Tepals are greenish, sometimes flushed red or purple, 2-2.3 cm. Twig Dragon Tree is native to NE India, SE China to SE Asia.

Identification credit: Tapas Chakrabarty Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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