[Read before the Auckland Institute, 8th December, 1873.]
With the DracŒna indivisa discovered in Dusky Bay, by Forster, another form has hitherto been confused—the Toii of the North Island—a plant which, even from the scanty information we at present possess, appears to differ widely from the Cordyline indivisa of the Handbook, the description of which was chiefly drawn from the South Island specimens collected by Forster, and to which the North Island specimens, sent to Kew by Colenso, were referred by Dr. Hooker. In order to attract the attention of botanists to the North Island plant, I purpose offering a brief diagnosis drawn from the scanty material already collected, under the provisional name of Cordyline hookeri, in the hope of being thereby enabled to procure data for a complete description at some future time.
At the outset, however, it is certain that neither C. indivisa of Dusky Bay, nor C. hookeri of the North Island, exhibit uniformly simple stems, as stated in the Handbook; neither are the leaves uniformly contracted at the base, either in young specimens, or old. In these particulars both forms exhibit (so far as is known) much the same amount of variation as C. australis, C. banksii, or C. pumilio, and the same remark will apply, although possibly with less force, to the yellow or red colouration of the principal veins, a character upon which stress has been laid by writers.