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1. Sansevieria Thunberg, Prod. Pl. Cap. 1: [xii], 65. 1794.
[name conserved]

Bowstring hemp, devil’s-tongue [for Raimond de Sangro, Prince of Sanseviero]

William J. Hess

Herbs, perennial, erect, from thick rhizomes. Leaves basal, erect; blade often variegated and mottled, elongate, thick, flat or cylindrical, rigid. Inflorescences paniculate, racemose, or spicate. Flowers bisexual; tepals basally connate into tube, white, yellowish white, pale pink, or greenish white, tips narrow; ovary superior. Fruits baccate. Seeds 1–3. x = 9, 19, 20, 21, 33.

Species 60 (1 in the flora): introduced; Africa, Sri Lanka.

Many species of Sansevieria are used as house and greenhouse plants. Some besides S. hyacinthoides have reportedly escaped in southern Florida but I have seen no specimens.

Lower Taxon


 

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