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Corn plant

Dracaena fragrans

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cornstalk Dracaena
Dracaena fragrans Dracaena fragrans

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Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 11 years ago

S Frazier, thanks for the clarification and the advice! I didn't realise how complicated scientific naming could be.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Olivia I gather that "Dracaena fragratissima" is a synonym of the preferred Dracaena fragrans (see the note at the bottom of ). It is not even listed here (although "Aloe fragrantissima", a synonym, is). I only see D. fragratissima on gardening type sites which do not always follow taxonomy rigorously. As far as "massangeana" goes, Dracaena massangeana is listed as a synonym too on the EOL list, and elsewhere it is treated as a "variety". OK, now follows my personal approach...I usually avoid varieties based on comparison with on-line digital images. This is because most sites that use them are gardening sites, and because in general varieties are profuse and I don't know the science behind them. Tropical ornamentals are transported, bred and found all over the world. I have seen multiple alternative varieties of some plants that "look" the same in digital images. So I usually avoid naming the variety in the Scientific name. If you can get the genus and species you're already doing good. BTW, here is my spotting of the corn plant Dracaena Cheers

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 11 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I'm just wondering if it could be closer to Dracaena fragratissima 'Massangeana'...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

You're welcome Olivia! But you might consider calling it by the common name I suggested because the genus Dracaena contains about 40 species :-)

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 11 years ago

Thank you, S Frazier!

Olivia Chee
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Olivia Chee

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Mar 1, 2013
Submitted on Mar 1, 2013

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