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 senegambica (Baker) Kuntze
Dracaena senegambica (Baker) Byng & Christenh.
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.
]. Shady places in forests; at elevations up to 100 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[
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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