Sansevieria deserti N.E.Br.
Sansevieria rhodesiana N.E.Br.
Sansevieria pearsonii is a is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing succulent, erect, rigid leaves from 45 - 120cm long and 45 - 60mm wide from a spreading, rhizomatous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of a strong fibre.
Africa - Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Scrub or savannah, or on river banks, in dry sandy or rocky soil. Often forming large dense colonies[
]. At elevations from 315 - 1,565 metres[
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The plant spreads at the roots and often forms large colonies[
A strong fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. It can be plaited into very strong cords[
]. The fibres can be extracted simply by scraping the fleshy plant tissue with the sharp end of a stick, leaving behind the whitish, hair-like fibres[
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