African Plant Database

Sansevieria raffillii N.E. Br.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 252 (1915)
Notes : [sensu Chahin. 1994 = S. frequens]
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sansevieria raffillii N.E. Br. var. raffillii (1915)
Taxon infra-specific
Sansevieria raffillii var. glauca N.E. Br.
Sansevieria raffillii N.E. Br. var. raffillii (1915)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Acaulescent herb; rhizome whitish, 2-5 cm Ø; leaves 1-2 per plant, erect to slightly recurved, ± lanceolate, 0,65-1,5 m x 4-14 cm, 0,8-2 cm thick, rigid, narrowed below the middle into a stout concave petiole 9-12 cm long, apex 0,3 cm long, margins reddish brown; surface with yellowish-green closely placed blotches or irregular transverse bands on darker background, slightly glaucous, with age less conspicuous markings; var. glauca with very dark bluish-green leaves with distinct irregular spots or wavy transverse bands of lighter green; raceme 0,9-1,3 m long, simple, spike-like, axis 1,5-2,3 cm Ø; flowers 2-5 per cluster; perianth 3,9-5,5 cm long; tube greenish white, 1,9-2,7 cm long, lobes white to grey green 2-2,5 cm long; berry globose, orange.
Ecology : Dry bushland, woodland or dry forest; usually on rocky slopes or near termite hills; locally common; 0-2050 m alt.
  Resembling S. conspicua but flowers smaller, leaves broader.
  Sudan ? Zambia ? (confusion with S. kirkii ?).
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carte afrique num 175005
Record n°175005 modified 2013-11-05
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