1110.000 Sansevieria Thunb.

La Croix, I. (2010) Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) 13-35

Obermeyer, A.A. (1992) Dracaenaceae: Sansevieria Flora of Southern Africa 5(3)

Description of the genus

Stemless, coarse, evergreen, drought-hardy perennials, strongly rhizomatous and forming colonies. Rhizome cylindric, thick and fibrous. Leaves sessile, arranged in a rosette or distichously. Inflorescence a dense, cylindric raceme. Flowers numerous, subsessile, in irregular clusters along the scape, nocturnal, delicately scented. Perianth with a long narrow tube, bulbous at base, with 6 spreading to recurved lobes. Fruit a berry. Seeds 1-3, bony.

Derivation of name: after Ramond de Sangro, born at Naples 1710, Prince of Sanseviero

Worldwide: Over 100 species in the dry tropics and South Africa, Madagascar, south Asia and Arabia

Zimbabwe: 5 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

dooneri N.E. Br.
hallii ChahinianDescription, Image
hyacinthoides (L.) DruceImage
pearsonii N.E. Br.Description, Image
trifasciata Prain

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Sansevieria

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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sansevieria
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Plants of the World Online: Sansevieria
Tropicos: Sansevieria
Wikipedia: Sansevieria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sansevieria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=358, retrieved 16 June 2024

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