dracaena

noun
dra·​cae·​na | \ drə-ˈsē-nə How to pronounce dracaena (audio) \

Definition of dracaena

: any of two genera (Dracaena and Cordyline) of chiefly Old World tropical shrubs or trees that have sword-shaped leaves spirally arranged and often clustered at the ends of branches and include some used as houseplants

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Any of about 50–80 species of ornamental foliage plants in the agave family, the dracaena is 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. Two species are often grown as houseplants. The ornamental dragon tree of the Canary Islands bears orange fruit. Its trunk contains a red gum, called dragon’s blood, which was formerly used in medicines.

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Recent Examples on the Web One such plant is the trendy dracaena, which has been popping up everywhere and looks just as cool in any space. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Dracaena Plants Are the New Fiddle Leaf Figs Trees, But They're so Much Easier to Keep Alive," 22 Oct. 2019 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dracaena

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dracaena

New Latin, from Late Latin, she-serpent, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn serpent — more at dragon

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The first known use of dracaena was circa 1823

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“Dracaena.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dracaena. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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