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: 14 taxa.

Sansevieria pearsonii

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aethiopica Thunb.N,W,C,SDescription, Image
concinna N.E. Br.[LR-nt]SDescription, Image
cylindrica Hook.W
hallii ChahinianE,SDescription, Image
humiflora D.J. RichardsE
hyacinthoides (L.) DruceN,C,E,SImage
kirkii BakerN,W,C,E,S
longiflora SimsN,E
pearsonii N.E. Br.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pedicellata la Croix[NrEnd]EImage
richardsii P.A. Mansf. & M.J. Spindl.N
scimitariformis D.J. RichardsN
stuckyi God.-Leb.E
tubiformis P.A. Mansf. & M.J. Spindl.[End][VU]ES

Other sources of information about Sansevieria:

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Flora of Botswana: Sansevieria
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Flora of Malawi: Sansevieria
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Flora of Zambia: Sansevieria
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sansevieria

External websites:

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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sansevieria
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sansevieria
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: Genus page: Sansevieria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=358, retrieved 30 May 2024

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