African Plant Database

Sansevieria ehrenbergii Schweinf. ex Baker
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 549 (1875)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acyntha ehrenbergii (Schweinf. ex Baker) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Sansevieria powellii auct. non N.E.Br.
=Sanseverinia rorida Lanza
=Sansevieria rorida (Lanza) N.E. Br. (1915)
=Acyntha rorida (Lanza) Chiov. (1916)
=Dracaena hanningtoni Baker (1898)
=Pleomele hanningtonii (Baker) N.E. Br.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 25 cm tall; leaves 5-9, crowded, in 2 ranks, erect or spreading, 0,75-1,8 m x 2,5-4 cm, laterally compressed with flattened sides, back rounded, with a triangular channel all along above, with 5-12 shallow grooves or lines down the sides and back, tapering upwards, tip spine-like; panicle to 2 m tall, much branched; flowers in clusters of 4-7, purple to white; tube 5-6 mm long, lobes c. 7 mm long.
Ecology : Dry, open bushland; semi-desert grassland; dunes; dry wooded grassland; thickets; often on rocks or termite hills; coastal bushland; locally common; under shade or in open Acacia-Combretum woodland; valley bottoms; banks of dry river beds with Tamarix aphylla (photo. in Sansevieria 21: 21, 2009); Commiphora erythaea-Sansevieria ehrenbergii community, Borana, Ethiopia, Dalle & al. in Community Ecol. 6: 171, 2005; 0-1900 m alt.
  Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman Plants from this area are thought to belong to a quite different, still unnamed species to which Jankalski has given a cultivar name Sansevieria ‘Salaf’ (Sansevieria 17: 21, 2007).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Sansevieria J. 31: 20-22 (2014).
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carte afrique num 14177
Record n°14177
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