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Pakistan | Family List | Agavaceae | Sansevieria

Sansevieria roxburghiana Schultes f. in Linn. Syst. Veg. 7:357. 1829.


Stemless, with a creeping rootstock. Leaves 10-20 x 2-4 cm flat, strap-shaped or narrowly lanceolate, with a subulate point up to 2.5 cm long. Inner or adult leaves ascending and slightly recurving, thick, deeply concave, channelled down the face, rounded or very obtusely keeled on the back, green, transversely marked with darker green lines on both sides. Flowers stem 30-75 cm long. Raceme spike-like, 30-45 cm long. Flowers borne in clusters of 4. Pedicels 6-9 cm long, jointed.

A native of India, sometimes confused with the Sri Lankan species Sansevieria zeylanica, from which it differs in the shorter and lighter colored leaves with more numerous darker lines on the back.


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