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

Malawi: 7 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
burdettii Chahin.[End][DD]S
downsii Chahin.[VU]NDescription, Image
hyacinthoides (L.) DruceC,SImage
kirkii BakerS
longystyla la Croix[End][VU]C
metallica Gérôme & LabroyS
sinus-simiorum Chahin.[End][EN]N

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sansevieria

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Sansevieria.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=358, retrieved 21 June 2021

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