Acyntha senegambica (Baker) Kuntze
Sansevieria cornui Gérôme & Labroy
Sansevieria senegambica is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing succulent, erect, rigid leaves 30 - 60cm or more long and 30 - 60mm wide from a rhizomatous rootstock[
]. The flowering stem grows 30 - 50cm or more tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for the fibre obtained from its leaves. This is used locally. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its fibre[
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Cote D'Ivoire and also in Gabon.
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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[
The plant is used in the treatment of venereal diseases[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is used for making nets, lines, bow strings etc[
The fibre needs special mechanical treatment which restricts its commercial use[
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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