African Plant Database

Sansevieria pearsonii N.E. Br.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 97 (1911)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Sansevieria desertii N.E. Br. (1915)
=Sansevieria rhodesiana N.E. Br. (1915)
=Sansevieria cylindrica auct. sensu Baum, Kunene-Sambesi Exp.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stemless herb with bright orange-red rhizome 1,5-2,5 cm Ø; leaves in 2 rows, 4-7 per shoot, 0,57-1,5 m long, 1-2,5 cm Ø, ± cylindric, ridged, red-brown in lower part, green further up, apex acute; flowering stem 58-90 cm long; peduncle 10-17 cm long; flowers green, cream, buff-pink, or yellow, 4-7 per cluster; pedicel 4-6 mm long; perianth 1,8-2 cm long, tube 0,7-1,3 cm long, lobes 0,7-1,2 cm long; fruit 7 mm Ø.
Ecology : Exposed granite domes with Plectranthus amboinicus, Kalanchoe, Aloe vallaris; A. zebrina; also with Euphorbia conspicua, Huernia urceolata, Fockea multiflora; among large boulders; rocky hillsides; sometimes under trees or on termitaria on poor sandy soils; often forming dense large colonies; 100-1500 m alt.
  Closely resembling S. volkensii; near S. sordida. Can be confused with S. burdettii.
  Cultivated in gardens in Zimbabwe.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte, Succulent- Ht 0.45 - 1.2 m. Alt: 315 - 1565 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 21: t.806 (1941).
  • J. S. African Bot. : 116 (1976).
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 108-109 (1985).
  • Strelitzia 6: 105 (1997).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 69 (1997).
  • Wild Flrs north. South Africa : 42 (1997).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
More information >> ( work in progress )
Record n°14149
Feedback about this record