There is a lot of confusion between this species, Sansevieria roxburghiana from India and Sansevieria aethiopica from Africa[
]. It is most likely that they all have similar uses.
Acyntha zeylanica (L.) Kuntze
Aloe zeylanica (L.) Jacq.
Cordyline zeylanica (L.) Britton
Sansevieria indica Herter
Common Name: Ceylon Bowstring Hemp
Ceylon bowstring hemp is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing succulent, erect, rigid leaves 45 - 75cm or more long and 25mm wide from a rhizomatous rootstock[
]. The flowering stem grows 60cm or more tall[
A widely used fibre plant, it is cultivated in almost all tropical countries for its fibre[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka.
Usually found growing among rocks in the drier areas of Sri Lanka[
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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[
The dried rhizomes and roots provide material for antiseptic ointments[
The roots are used for purgative, tonic, expectorant and anti-fever remedies[
The plant is used traditionally in the treatment of septic wounds[
]. Modern research has confirmed that an aqueous extract of the plant possesses antifungal properties[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is used for making mats, sails, cordage, coarse cloth and the production of paper pulp[
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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