dracaena


dra·cae·na

noun \drə-ˈsē-nə\

Definition of DRACAENA

:  any of two genera (Dracaena and Cordyline) of chiefly Old World tropical shrubs or trees of the agave family that have naked branches ending in tufts of sword-shaped leaves and include some used as houseplants

Origin of DRACAENA

New Latin, from Late Latin, she-serpent, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn serpent — more at dragon
First Known Use: circa 1823

dracaena

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 100 species of ornamental foliage plants that make up the genus Dracaena, in the family Rusacaceae, native primarily to the Old World tropics. Most have short stalks and narrow, sword-shaped leaves; some have taller stalks and resemble trees. The small flowers are red, yellow, or green. D. sanderiana and D. fragrans are often grown as houseplants. The ornamental dragon tree (D. draco) of the Canary Islands bears orange fruit. Its trunk contains a red gum, called dragon's blood, that was formerly used in medicines.

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