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Red Ti - Cordyline Terminalis
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Cordylines are known to the tropical world by many names and are crowned as the King of tropical foliage . .
The tropical Ti plant . . also known simply as Ti . . is used extensively by Kanaka (Hawaiians) and planted at the entrance to a home or business for good fortune and to drive away negative energy.
There are many varieties here on Maui. This beauty is in my garden . . They are technically classified as Cordyline terminalis. There are approximately 20 species of Cordyline, which, as I understand, are in the Agave family, Agaveaceae.
They have long narrow, leathery, often variegated leaves and yellowish, white, or reddish flowers with red berries.
Many which are thriving in their growing conditions stand over 15 feet high.
Native to Eastern Asia to Polynesia, Ti hybrids have names in Hawaiian, English, French, and Japanese.
The pronunciation of Ti is similar to Tea.
Ti leaves are also used in cooking. Meats, fruits and other ingredients are wrapped in the leaves and steamed, baked or roasted as in traditional Hawaiian luau.
They are also used in the imu in roasting Pork for Kahlua pig, which is delicious.
The beautiful leaves are also used in wrapping special sacred offerings and gifts called Ho'okupu.
And they are woven into beautiful ropes and rosettes in lei.
Red Ti - Cordyline terminalis
Ulaino Maui Hawaii
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April 24th, 2012
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