It has been proposed by Pei-Luen Lu1 & Clifford W. Morden( in Phylogenetic Relationships among Dracaenoid Genera (Asparagaceae: Nolinoideae) Inferred from Chloroplast DNA Loci, Systematic Botany (2014), 39(1): pp. 90-104, DOI 10.1600/036364414X678035), that the genus Sansevieria should be transferred to the genus Dracaena. This treatment has not yet been taken up universally and so, for the time being, we are leaving Sansevieria as distinct. The proposed new name in Dracaena can be seen below in the list of synonyms.
Acyntha cylindrica (Bojer ex Hook.) Kuntze
Cordyline cylindrica (Bojer ex Hook.) Britton
Dracaena angolensis (Welw. ex Carrière) Byng & Christenh.
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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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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