Plant ID forum: Dracaena fragrans question

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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Mar 19, 2017 9:25 PM CST
I've been trying to identify which Corn Plant I have by using some database photos as well as online research. I thought the correct id was Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana', but the bloom on mine did not match all of the database photos; therefore I concluded that plant was simply Dracaena fragrans. I wonder if one of the photos is incorrectly identified in the database (I submitted my photos before I realized this, so I may have to submit to have my own pics moved to the proper id as well)?

When I first received my plant, the leaves were a dark green with a wide yellowish stripe down the middle. As the plant has matured, the stripe has become inconspicuous on older leaves, which I think is related to the amount of sunlight it is receiving (thus also making me think Dracaena fragrans). New leaves always have the stripes, which fade over time.

I am including a few photos, some of which may be erroneously added to the database of a newer leaf, the whole plant, and photos of the current blooms. It is just beginning its bloom and should be open more in the next few days.

Any help to narrow it down is greatly appreciated!

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 21, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Your tree is gorgeous!!

'Massangeana' is a variegated cultivar of D. fragrans. AFAIK, there are no similar cultivars. Either entry should be fine for pics of your plant.

What difference in the blooms are you seeing?
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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Mar 21, 2017 5:19 PM CST
Tiffany,
The bloom on mine did not match this entry in the database, making me think that mine was not Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana':



Perhaps this entry is incorrect though as some of my research on this cultivar indicates that the dark green is on the edges and the yellow striping is down the middle of the leaf? All other photos show the reverse of this photo on the leaves...what do you think?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 21, 2017 5:35 PM CST
The variegation does seem reversed on that plant. IDK if I've not seen another one like it or didn't notice if I did but feel like I haven't seen it before. The bloom of yours looks fresh & new, vs. the older, darkened inflorescence on the pic you just put for example, and some of them just have a pinkish hue to their blooms. Could be a PH thing or function of exposure.

Mr. Subjunctive describes the reverse-variegation here:
"There is also said to be a variety called 'Lindenii,' in which the colors are reversed (yellow margins and a green stripe in the center of the leaf), but I've never seen such a plant in person."
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I don't recall reading anything else that seemed untrue in any of his articles but I don't think this is true:
"The only real serious down side with a flowering plant is that the growing tip which produced the flower will die when the show is over. It's serious, but not tragic, because the plant will generally have other growing tips on it (they have to be pretty old and large in order to flower), and if it doesn't, new ones will sprout before all the leaves on the old one drop. "

Untrue in that a plant needs to be huge to bloom because I've seen blooms on plants that were only a few feet tall, and untrue that entire trunks die back because they have bloomed. Never heard that mentioned in a "corn plant" discussion before, and many older specimens don't look like that is the case.
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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Mar 21, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Thank you for the additional info, Tiffany. I did wonder about the age on that particular bloom, maybe it's being toward the end of the blooming cycle and therefore the pink coloration.

The bloom on mine is completely open today and quite beautiful. I will make sure to note if it changes colors as it ages.
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I agree with you concerning the info contained in the quote you referenced above--mine did flower last year, but the growing tip did not stop growing, nor did it drop leaves. Here is a picture of the old growing tip taken tonight:
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Thanks again!

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