Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
Palm Lily, Cordyline cannifolia
This shrub usually grows close to the ground, but occasionally a spindly trunk grows up to 3 or 4 meters.
It has long leaves with a prominent mid-rib, and venation that is almost parallel but runs at a slight outwards angle.
There is a raceme of small pink and slightly tubular flowers with yellow-ended stamens. These are followed by orange to bright red fruits.
This is a common shrub of the understorey of tropical rainforest and wetter schlerophyll woodland in tropical and eastern Australia (Hyland et al 1999).
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide