Sansevieria pearsonii N.E. Br.

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Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
South of picnic site Harava Dam

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
South of picnic site Harava Dam

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Synonyms: Sansevieria desertii N.E. Br.
Common names: Spiky mother-in-law's tongue (English)
Status: Native
Succulent perennial, up to 1 m, with a fan of hard, ribbed, cylindric leaves, overlapping near the base. The leaves are spine-tipped at the apex. Inflorescence a tall raceme of pinkish-brown to blue-mauve flowers, usually opening at night.
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Habitat: A colony-forming species of dry scrub and woodland, often in rocky or sandy areas.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 349. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. (2010). Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 31 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 90.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 59. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sansevieria pearsonii., retrieved 23 February 2018

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