Acyntha cylindrica (Bojer ex Hook.) Kuntze
Cordyline cylindrica (Bojer ex Hook.) Britton
Sansevieria angolensis Welw. ex Carrière
Flowering plant (in foreground)
Photograph by: Mokkie
Sansevieria cylindrica is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing succulent, erect, rigid leaves up to 75cm or more long and 25mm wide from a rhizomatous rootstock[
]. The leaves can reach a height of 1.8 metres. The flowering stem grows 60 - 90cm or more tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for the fibre obtained from its leaves. It is cultivated for its fibre in various parts of the tropics[
Southern Africa - Angola, Zambia.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. Not quite as strong as the fibre from S. Longiflora, but otherwise equal to that species[
]. Cordage and rope made from this plant are of excellent quality - it is the strongest and best fitted for deep-sea sounding of any fibre known[
Division of the rootstock.
Leaf cuttings. Cut the leaf into sections about 5cm long, place in a 2:1 mix of sand and peat in a propagating case with a bottom heat of 18°c[
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