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Ti Palm

Liliaceae Cordyline terminalis (L.) Kunth

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is low, slender and palm-like, to 6 feet, with leaves up to 30 inches long and 5 inches wide, native in the East Indies. There it is cultivated for the large, tuberous roots, up to 14 pounds, which contain much sugar. Roots are usually baked or roasted. Baked, macerated roots are also fermented in water and an intoxicating liquor is obtained by distillation. So far as known, Ti Palm is not grown in the U.S. outside of Hawaii.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha