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

Zambia: 7 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aethiopica Thunb.BWDescription, Image
cylindrica Hook.SS
downsii Chahin.[VU]NNDescription, Image
hyacinthoides (L.) DruceBWImage
kirkii BakerN,WCb,N,C
longiflora SimsB,SS,W
pearsonii N.E. Br.B,W,C,SCb,C,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sansevieria:

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Flora of Botswana: Sansevieria
Flora of Caprivi: Sansevieria
Flora of Malawi: Sansevieria
Flora of Mozambique: Sansevieria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sansevieria
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sansevieria

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sansevieria
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sansevieria
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sansevieria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sansevieria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sansevieria
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sansevieria

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Sansevieria.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=358, retrieved 19 September 2020

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