African Plant Database

Sansevieria downsii Chahinian
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Brit. Cact. Succ. J. 18(3): 133 (2000)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stemless perennial with creeping stolons covered in leaf sheaths; leaves 6-14, rosulate, recurved, spreading, cylindrical, with a groove on upper face, 14-45 cm long, base 3,2 cm wide, ovate, apex spiny; inflorescence a spike-like pseudo-raceme to 1,6 m long, rachis 40-70 cm long; flowers cream, pearly grey or pale purplish-green, in clusters of 3-10; perianth 2-2,4 cm long, tube c. 1 cm long, lobes c. 1,2 cm long; fruit 8 mm Ø.
Ecology : Termite mounds in dry woodland and Acacia, Euphorbia bush; Brachystegia woodland; 1000-1500 m alt.
  Confused with S. suffruticosa, S. gracilis, S. longistyla.
  Recently collected in N Mozambique, Cabo Delgado Province (Sansevieria 25: 3-4, 2011). In Sansevieria 23 (2010) referred to as S. suffruticosa.
  • Cactus and Succulent Journal [U.S.] 81(5): 224 (2009).
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