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Song of India

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 December 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Song of India, is a species of Dracaena which is a tropical tree native to Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly coloured, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems.

Dracaena reflexa is a popular ornamental plant, both in the landscape and the home. It can be enjoyed as a specimen plant, accent, or pruned to create a border. Several cultivars have been selected, particularly variegated clones with cream and yellow-green margins. It performs well as a houseplant, tolerating infrequent waterings. It prefers bright, filtered light, without direct sun exposure. Although it can survive in relatively low light levels, the plant may grow spindly if given insufficient light. When grown indoors, temperatures of 64 °F to 77 °F should be maintained. It can be propagated via herbaceous stem cuttings.

Traditional medicine practitioners of Madagascar have long believed Dracaena reflexa to cure malarial symptoms, poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, and to be useful as an antipyretic and hemostatic agent. The leaves and bark are mixed with parts of a number of other native plants and mixed into herbal teas. Its effectiveness in any such treatment remains unproven.

Photo captured at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 280 112 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I think I have some of this in a pot . . no comparison though !

8 Dec 2014 8:05am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Wonderful picture.:-)

8 Dec 2014 8:39am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful specimen, nice palette of greens.

8 Dec 2014 9:28am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Oh! Dracena magnificent! What a beautiful name. Thank you very much for your explanation! Best, Adela

8 Dec 2014 11:10am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love the details and the close framing

8 Dec 2014 1:50pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..that is sharp ...

8 Dec 2014 3:30pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

A treat for the eye. Beautiful image.

8 Dec 2014 7:49pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Sorry Romero (ahead of me) ... 'eye candy' was what immediately came to my mind! ;D

8 Dec 2014 8:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! This is just beautiful! Gorgeous light, color and detail. A fabulous image!

9 Dec 2014 2:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very a nice shot.

9 Dec 2014 2:10am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


9 Dec 2014 9:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I've never seen this plant look so beautiful. I love the colors.

10 Dec 2014 6:20am

franz from Baden, Austria

i admire how effortlessly you switch from outstanding architecture photography to equally outstanding plant photography! this image is fantastic again, especially its colour scheme and use of light. (plus - i like dracaena and have one myself !)

11 Dec 2014 6:20pm