African Plant Database

Sansevieria sordida N.E. Br.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 214 (1915)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Statuts nomenclatural : uncertain status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Rhizomatous herb, stemless or stem to 5 cm long, 2,6 cm Ø, concealed in imbricating leaf-bases; leaves distichous, 4-12, slightly spreading fanwise, straight to slightly recurved, slightly compressed-cylindric, 0,65-1,05 m x 0,8-1,3 cm, 1,3-2,2 cm thick from front to back, very rough, apex a sharp whitish or grey spine 0,8-1,3 cm long; leaf dull bluish-green, channelled down inner surface with acute dark brown edges but becomes shallow towards base, with 11-15 or more grooves; raceme spike-like, 30-60 cm long, peduncle pale dull light green, 0,6 cm Ø, minutely dotted with white; flowers 7-14 per cluster, pale dingy greenish in bud to purplish-blue on maturity; tube white to greenish, 0,7-1 cm long; lobes white on inner face, green with minute dull purplish dots on the outside, 1,2-1,6 cm long; berry greenish brown on ripening.
Ecology : Ecology unknown. Origin of type unknown. Also collected in Kenya in 1905.
  Identity of plant not clear. Confused with S. volkensii. Differs from S. pearsonii by its leaves rough to touch, but perhaps a variant of the latter.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 14223
Record n°14223
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