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.
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.
Dracaena forskaliana (Schult. & Schult.f.) Byng & Christenh.
Sansevieria abyssinica N.E.Br.
Sansevieria elliptica (Chiov.) Cufod.
Smilacina forskaliana Schult. & Schult.f.
Sansevieria forskaoliana is a stemless evergreen perennial plant, producing clusterns of 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.
Dry or evergreen bushland, grassland, escarpments, dry rocky places, Combretaceous woodland with tall grasses, riverine vegetation, also under trees and shrubs; at elevations up to 2,200 metres[
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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[
This species is very variable in size, number and colour of leaves in different habitats; in drier areas the leaves may reach only 40cm in height, in wetter places up to 100cm[
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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