African Plant Database

Sansevieria gracilis N.E. Br.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 96 (1911)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sansevieria gracilis N.E. Br. var. gracilis
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Sansevieria caulescens N.E. Br. (1915)
Taxon infra-specific
Sansevieria gracilis N.E. Br. var. gracilis
Sansevieria gracilis var. humbertiana (Guillaumin) Mbugua (2007)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Caulescent perennial, and slightly ascending to spreading; with ascending runners, to 90 cm long, 0,8 cm Ø; stem erect, absent or to 8 cm long, with aerial branching and rooting; runners covered with ovate acute spine-pointed tough scale-leaves, the upper ones turning into leaves 1-4,5 cm long, grey-brown when dry, margins white-membranous; leaves closely packed, rosulate, 6-12 per plant, concave near base, cylindrical above, 25-75 cm long, 0,6-1,3 cm wide at top of sheath, spirally arranged, straight, curved or slightly sinuous, firmly flexible, concave down the face, very rounded on the back, gradually tapering to a very acute spine-like brown or whitish point 0,2-0,6 cm long, surface smooth; inflorescence a lax spike-like raceme 15-30 cm long, axis light green 2-4 cm Ø; flowers 2 per cluster, ascending; lower inflorescence bracts 2-3, 2-4 cm long; perianth white; tube 1,9-2,5 cm long, lobes 1-1,2 cm long; berry globose.
Ecology : Dry bushland and thicket; often on rocky outcrops in shallow soils; also in grassland and evergreen bushland; may form dense stands; 30-600 m alt.
  Very variable in growth habit; in size from very small to very large.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 14189
Record n°14189
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