African Plant Database

Sansevieria trifasciata Prain
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bengal Plants, ii. 105 (1903)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for NA : accepted (cultivated)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sansevieria trifasciata Prain var. trifasciata (1903)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Sansevieria zeylanica var. laurentii (De Wild.) L. H. Bailey
=Sansevieria jacquinii N.E. Br. (1911)
Taxon infra-specific
Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii (De Wild.) N.E. Br.
Sansevieria trifasciata Prain var. trifasciata (1903)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stemless herb with creeping rootstock 1,3-2,5 cm Ø; leaves 1-6 per shoot, smooth, 0,3-1,2 m long, 1-6,8 cm wide, very erect, straight, stiff, apex subulate to 3,7 cm long, narrowing at base into a concave-channelled petiole; blade transversely banded on both sides with very distinct light dull green or clear whitish-green or yellow and deep grass-green to almost blackish-green, margins green; inflorescence 30-75 cm long, peduncle green, dotted with paler green; flower-clusters solitary or in groups of 2-3, flowers 3-8 per cluster; perianth at most 3 cm long, pale greenish or greenish-white; tube 0,65-1,3 cm long, lobes 1,5-2 cm long; berry globose, c. 0,8 cm Ø, bright orange.
Ecology : ? Ecology unknown; 500-1200 m alt.
  Many clones are in cultivation.
  Described from India. Native in W-C Africa. Occasionally cultivated since centuries in Africa, India; a common house-plant in temperate countries.

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • HANSEN, A. & P. SUNDING (1993). Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of vascular plants. 4. revised edition Sommerfeltia 17: 1-295
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carte afrique num 168398
Record n°168398
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