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A new and pretty lime-leaved cultivar of Dracaena deremenis that provides a wonderful contrast to the dark, thinner, and taller Rhapis excelsa palm in this fancy office lobby.

We are not certain of the ID but the only known clone to match this description is 'Limelight', a uniformly yellow-green sport of tough and familiar 'Warneckii'. By simple and literal logic one might think it's 'Lemon Lime' but that clone is in fact boldly striped lime, yellow, and green with sharply contrasting chimeral bands. Being a patented plant and one only recently coming from Costa Rica, our 'Limelight' assumption should be tested. When we can track down an informed "interior plant technican" responsible for these brushed aluminium pots, we will ask.

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Dracaena angustifolia 'Honoriae'

lc: margined creamy yellow

Dracaena cincta (D. marginata pro parte)

ns: this species is believed to be the correct identity for what has been grown as Dracaena marginata for
ns: many years. Some of the cultivars, especially 'Tricolor', may in fact belong to D. concinna.

Dracaena cincta 'Bicolor' (D. marginata 'Bicolor')

lc: striped or margined creamy with LITTLE OR NO red pigment as in 'Tricolor' and 'Colorama'

Dracaena cincta 'Candy Cane' = 'Tricolor'


Dracaena cincta 'Colorama' (D. marginata 'Colorama')

lc: margined creamy white to pink, much brighter and bolder than 'Tricolor'. This differs mainly in the
lc: larger number of ivory and red bands of color in the center of the blade.
ns: while the true 'Colorama' is different from older 'Tricolor', the two are sometimes placed as synonyms.
ns: as this synonomy occurs with growers and their catalogs, it is certain some plants under this name
ns: may in fact prove to be the less colorful 'Tricolor'.

Dracaena cincta 'Magenta'

ha: compact and nearly erect
lc: very bright, glowing magenta pink margins and some stripes on a green leaf. No variegation as with
lc: 'Tricolor' and 'Colorama'. This one is just dark green and hot pink, not unlike the effect of a
lc: narrow-leaved Cordyline. It is mostly dark red (maroon) below with a narrow green midrib. Above
lc: the wide green center blends into maroon and magenta shades at the margin. Less vigorous plants
lc: as you might suspect are more red-margined than bright pink.
dr: very susceptible to fusarium leaf spot in Univ. of FL studies.
pat: US #6346
rai: replaces the species with a more conspicuous and bright margin color.

Dracaena cincta 'Tricolor' (D. marginata 'Tricolor', D. concinna 'Tricolor')

lc: margined creamy white to pink, usually mostly green in the center of the blade. See 'Colorama' above
lc: for distinctions.
ns: a few taxonomists have placed this cultivar with D. concinna rather than D. cincta. We have not
ns: found enough clear evidence to evaluate their decision.

Dracaena cincta 'Rainbow'

lc: margined pink
ns: it is probably the same as 'Tricolor' but Yokoi and Hirose list it separately in their catalog of
ns: variegated plants.

Dracaena cincta 'Variegata' = 'Bicolor'?

lc: cream striped

Dracaena cinta 'Wyebury' (1/4)

lc: margined pure white
so: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog Janauary 2004, color photo)

Dracaena daguensis 'Siam Sunbeam' (1/4)

lc: mottled creamy-yellow to yellow
so: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog Janauary 2004, color photo)

Dracaena deremensis 'Bausei'

lc: grey green heavily stripped white over the entire width. There are often 2 more prominent stripes. The
lc: is greyer-green than the margins.

Dracaena deremensis 'Christianne'

ns: a listed name. Description needed.

Dracaena deremensis Compacta Group

ha: compact rosette, a distinct dwarf whorl as young plants. Will become many feet tall in time but
ha: with much shorter internodes than species typical
lc: dark glossy green

Dracaena deremensis Compacta Group 'Compacta Variegata'

ha: dense, compact as Compacta Group
lc: striped white inside the margins

Dracaena deremensis 'Compacta Purpurea'

ns: a listed name.

Dracaena deremensis 'Compacta Surprise' = 'Lemon Surprise'?

ns: this is a synonym of 'Surprise' beyond doubt. See 'Lemon Surprise'.

Dracaena deremensis 'Golden Coast'

lc: thin gold margins.

Dracaena deremensis 'Gold Janet' (1/4)

lc: bright yellow if given sun
id: should be compared to 'Limelight' which in our observation is never a true color no matter how much strong light.
so: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog Janauary 2004, color photo)

Dracaena deremensis 'Gold King'

lc: wide chartreuse to yellow-green bands
in: Glasshouse Works imported from Japan (a sport of 'Warnekei').
li: Glasshouse Works Catalog 1990: no page number

Dracaena deremensis 'Green Stripe'

lc: lime green to yellow-green margins with some light green striping.

Dracaena deremensis 'Hawaiian Sunset' (8/3)

ha: compact, arching foliage
lc: dark green (RHS 147A) with lighter green stripes (RHS 144A)
or: David Fell Jr. as sport of 'Hilo Girl'
pat: US#13739 on 4/29/03 to originator

Dracaena deremensis 'Hilo Girl'

ns: a listed name, parent clone of 'Hawaiian Sunset'. Description needed.

Dracaena deremensis 'J.A. Truffaut'

lc: centered white

Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'

ha: more vigorous than species and parent cv. 'Warneckei'
lc: dark green
lm: slightly undulate (more elegant than species) with apex often curved
ll: 50cm (to 24 in.)
lw: 10cm - slightly wider than typical species
rai: replaces the species as a green-leaved variant.

Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compact' ('Janet Craig Compacta' invalid)

ha: more compact with shorter internodes than 'Janet Craig', which can be quite vigorous
lc: dark green
ns: it is believed to be distinct from the Compacta Group clones of general commerce.

Dracaena deremensis 'Kanzi'

lc: with wide white stripes, usually 2 distinct submarginal bands. The white is much wider and more
lc: uniform than either 'Bausei' or 'Warneckei'.

Dracaena deremensis 'Kerry'

lc: darker green - pure species can be pale to medium green
lw: wider than species typical
lt: thicker than species typical
prop: roots readily from cuttings
pat: US #6690 in 1989 to K.C. Browne

Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime'

lc: wide chartreuse to lime margin that is 45-70% of the surface. There are white submarginal bands (often
lc: 2) and a green center. Has a tricolored effect. There are some minor white stripes in the green center on
lc: some blades. See 'Lemon Surprise' below for a similar look.

Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Surprise' ('Surprise'?, 'Compacta Surprise'?)

ha: more compact than 'Lemon Lime' , not quite a Compacta Group look but internodes are shorter.
lc: margined yellow-green to lime but not usually over 30% of the surface (unlike 'Lemon Lime'). It is also
lc: less bright (some say "gaudy") than 'Lemon Lime'. Central white stripes are minor.

Dracaena deremensis 'Limelight' (1/03)

lc: yellowish-green (lime green) becoming light green with age
pat, or: US# 12793 7/2302 to Julio Ceciliano, Costa Rica 1988 as sport of 'Warneckii'

Dracaena deremensis 'Longii'

lc: centered in white to 60% of surface. Occasional leaves are merely striped white but at 30-50% of the
lc: surface are much more white than 'Bausei', 'Warneckei', and others.

Dracaena deremensis 'Rhoer's Gold'

lc: centered yellow to cream with margins also white.

Dracaena deremensis 'Rhoersii'

lc: yellow margined
ns: it is believed to be different from 'Rhoer's Gold'

Dracaena deremensis 'Rikki' (1/03)

lc: glossy dark green, yellow central band of 60-75% of surface, giving a bright yellow look
eval: it has the brightest, most regular yellow color of any clone known (2003).
or: Costa Rico as sport before 1998
in: Berneckers 2001 to US trade

Dracaena deremensis 'Santa Rosa'

lc: submargined stripes in white or near white.

Dracaena deremensis 'Shogun Gold'

lc: new growth all golden yellow
or: sport of 'Janet Craig Compact'
Glasshouse Works ("Golden Pineapple Top" common name)
li: Glasshouse Works Catalog 1990: no page number.

Dracaena deremensis 'Souv. de A. Schryver'

lc: margined yellow-white to cream

Dracaena deremensis 'Surprise' = 'Lemon Surprise'?

ns: has a similar appearance to 'Lemon Surprise' as discussed above.

Dracaena deremensis 'Te-We'

ns: a listed name

Dracaena deremensis 'Ulises' (8/3)

ha: compact
ll: 30cm
lw: 5cm
lc: dark green margins (RHS 139A) with gray-green  and variously colored stripes (RHS 137A, 189A, 191A, 191B). Stripes up to 3cm wide.
or: Arturo Alvarado, Costa Rica as sport fo 'Warneckei' in 1995
pat: US#13959 on 7/8/03 to originator

Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei'

lc: striped white, most of the bands being submarginal (that is, inside the margin). The margin is generally
lc: green. It is rarely more than 10-20% white on the surface. 'Bausei' and 'Kanzi' have more distinctive
lc: or wider bands in our observation, usually showing 2 sharp bands.

Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei Marginata'

lc: margined white

Dracaena deremensis 'White Bird'

ns: a listed name. Description needed.

Dracaena deremensis 'White Jewel'

lc: wide white submarginal bands similar to 'Kanzi', the white covering about 15% of surface.

Dracaena deremensis 'White King'

lc: wide, pure white margins
or: Singapore as sport of 'Warneckei'
li: Glasshouse Works Catalog 1990: no page number.

Dracaena deremensis 'White Stripe'

lc: thinnly striped white.
ns: we suspect this is a synonym of 'Warneckei', 'Bausei', or both.

Dracaena deremensis 'Yellow Stripe'

lc: yellow margined and striped.
ns: it is the same as 'Lemon Lime' by one grower's list but a photo we have seen does not suggest this.

Dracaena fragrans 'Alobeka' (1/03)

ha: slower than species typical
lc: dark green with yellowish-green stripes, richly textured
ll: 24 in.

Dracaena fragrans Deremensis Group = D. deremensis

ns: the RHS has reduced the species to a cultivar group. This is not in our opinion supported by the best
ns: available taxonomic evidence.

Dracaena fragrans 'Lindenii' ('Lindeniana', 'Lindeni')

lc: broadly margined cream to white, often 50% of the blade surface though sometimes less.
ns: there is some dispute over the correct variant of the Linden name for this cultivar.

Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

lc: yellow-green to yellow center that is 40-50% of surface. Often has a 2-toned green look in some light
lc: conditions. In other conditions the central band is much more yellow.

Dracaena fragrans 'Monique'

ns: a listed name. Description needed.

Dracaena fragrans 'Psychosis' (1/4)

ha: stems fasciated (crested) near the apex, being woody and brown
ll: shorter, clustered on the fasciated shoot apices
in: Thailand
or: resume to be Burma from the wild
so: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog Janauary 2004, color photo)

Dracaena fragrans 'Rothiana'

lc: white-tipped and margined.

Dracaena fragrans 'Sandra Masteler'

ns: a listed name. Description needed.

Dracaena fragrans 'Santa Rosa' (1/03)

ha: slower than species typical
lc: dark green with creamy-yellow or light yellow stripes
ll: 24 in.

Dracaena fragrans 'Victoria' ('Victoriae')

lc: silvery grey-green central band with creamy-yellow margins. Overall the wide margins are 40-50% of
lc: the surface. The greyish, greener center is made up of very thin yellow, grey, or cream stripes on a
lc: fresh, bright green background.

Dracaena godseffiana = D. surculosa


Dracaena hookeriana 'Gertrude Manda'

lt: thicker, heavier blade
lw: 4 in. - wider
ns: possibly a cross with species D. grandis.

Dracaena hookeriana 'Latifolia'

lw: 3.5 in. wide - wider than species typical

Dracaena hookeriana 'Variegata'

lc: striped whirte

Dracaena marginata = D. cincta, some are perhaps D. concinna


Dracaena D. x masseffiana = D. 'Pennock'


Dracaena 'Pennock' (D. x masseffiana')(D. fragrans 'Massangeana' x D. surculosa)

lc: dark green with sparse yellow spots
ls: broadly lanceolate to ovate
ns: we have no record of the name D. x masseffiana being published as a valid hybrid species. As the name
ns: 'Pennock' is used for it in the trade, we believe this available name to be preferrable.

Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India' (Pleomele reflexa 'Variegata')

lc: dark green margined ivory to creamy-white.

Dracaena reflexa 'Song of Jamaica'

lc: central striped and banded yellow. Best color in lower light conditions.

Dracaena sanderiana 'Borinquensis'

lc: white striped - species in gardens is typical white margined

Dracaena sanderiana 'Celes'

lc: white margined, apparently differing from the species

Dracaena sanderiana 'Lucky Gold' (8/4)

lc, st: bright golden-yellow
eval: this is a bright version of the overly popular "lucky bamboo" sold widely in malls and gift shops.
so, photo: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog 2004), with color photo

Dracaena sanderiana 'Margaret Berkery'

lc: white centered.

Dracaena sanderiana 'Whiskers' (8/4)

lc: grey and cream stripes and margins
lw: narrower than species typical, described by Asiatica as "wispy"
so, photo: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog 2004), with color photo

Dracaena surculosa 'Florida Beauty'

lc: heavily mottled light yellow to creamy white - more than species

Dracaena surculosa 'Friedman' = 'Friedmanii'


Dracaena surculosa 'Friedmanii' ('Friedman', 'Milky Way')

lc: broad white central stripe on the midvein with small white spots on either side. The white center is
lc: up tyo 75% of the surface but on some blades it is only a thinnish yellow midrib of barely 20% of the
lc: surface. These narrower-banded shoots if consistent may be regardes as partial reversions or unstability
lc: of the chimera. The new growth is more yellow but the center always fades to near white.

Dracaena surculosa 'Kelleri'

lc: mottled ivory white
lw: narrower than species typical
lt: thicker blade than species typical
ns: it is sometimes considered the same as 'Florida Beauty' but historically they are listed apart.

Dracaena surculosa 'Milky Way' = 'Friedmanii'


Dracaena surculosa 'Punctata' ('Punctulata'?)

lc: lightly spotted yellow
ll: 20cm
lw: 5cm