We have seen this name spelled in three different ways. We are following the spelling in Kew's 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', but have also seen the name spelled Sansevieria forskoliana (in Tropicos) and Sansevieria forskaoliana (in Wikipedia).
Acyntha abyssinica (N.E.Br.) Chiov.
Acyntha elliptica Chiov.
Convallaria racemosa Forssk.
Sansevieria abyssinica N.E.Br.
Sansevieria elliptica (Chiov.) Cufod.
Smilacina forskaliana Schult. & Schult.f.
Sansevieria forskaoliana is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing succulent, erect, rigid leaves up to 60cm or more long and 75mm wide from a rhizomatous rootstock[
]. The leaves are often variegated[
]. The flowering stem grows 75cm or more tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for the fibre obtained from its leaves. This is used locally.
E. Africa - DR Congo and Tanzania to Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia, to Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
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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[
]. It is used for making string.
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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