African Plant Database

Sansevieria nilotica Baker
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 548 (1875)
Information on the genus : Sansevieria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sansevieria nilotica Baker var. nilotica (1875)
 Acyntha nilotica (Baker) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acyntha massae Chiov. (1940)
=Sansevieria massae (Chiov.) Cufod. (1971)
Taxon infra-specific
Sansevieria nilotica var. obscura N.E. Br.
Sansevieria nilotica Baker var. nilotica (1875)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stemless herb with leaves 2-3 together, 0,6-1,25 m x 2-6 cm, strap-shaped, margins quite parallel, at base narrowing into a deeply concave channel, apex a green subulate point, surface conspicuously marked with numerous, narrow, closely placed, irregular, zigzag transverse pale and dark green bars; margins green; inflorescence a raceme 0,5-2 m tall; flowers white, in clusters of 4-10 in the lower, 2-3 in the upper part; tube c. 1 cm long, lobes 1,2 cm long.
Ecology : Riverine forest with Ficus vallis-choudae, Celtis sp., Argomuellera macrophylla; open woodland; rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, Erythrophleum suaveolens, Alstonia boonei, Parinari excelsa, Milicia excelsa; woods near river bank; at edges, along trails and in clearings; 900-1450 m alt.
  Easily confused with S. trifasciata.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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carte afrique num 175008
Record n°175008
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