Plant ID forum: chocolate leaved plant

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jmorth
Dec 6, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Unknown - color isn't quite as dark as in these pics, but distinctly chocolate colored.
Cordyline
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Cordyline
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From a small botanical garden's conservatory filled w/ mostly tropical plants.
Thanks for any help.

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Dec 6, 2015 7:29 PM CST
It looks like one of the Cordylines, possibly Cordyline australis some are burgundy, some appear brown...

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Dec 6, 2015 7:31 PM CST
I agree with Jean.
Donald
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jmorth
Dec 6, 2015 10:37 PM CST
I do believe it's one of those. Thanks.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Dec 8, 2015 8:22 PM CST
The leaves look too broad to be Cordyline australis.

It looks to be branching out at the base which Cordyline can do if damaged, but Cordyline starts to make a stem as it matures. Phormium increases by branching out at the base, there's many named varities which are dark ..

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Cordyline indivisa has broader leaves but still makes a stem, there is a form 'rubra' but the form looks more like Phormium from what I can see.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Dec 8, 2015 8:28 PM CST
Janet, my first thought was Phormium also, but the second photo does appear to have a stem. That confused me.
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JRsbugs
Dec 8, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Hmmm, it does look to be reaching for the sky, I had trouble loading that so only checked the first one. Cordyline tend to have duller leaves than Phormium, could the plant be stretching towards light?
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jmorth
Dec 8, 2015 10:23 PM CST
It's growing in a glass domed conservatory.
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