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Genus Sansevieria Family Dracaenaceae

Description: Shrubby perennials, usually with very short stems, often stoloniferous.

Leaves erect, succulent, flat, terete or semi-terete, fibrous, margins entire.

Inflorescence terminal, racemose or paniculate; flowers clustered in alternate axils of scarious bracts; pedicels articulate. Tepals united at base into a tube, linear, equal, recurved at anthesis. Stamens inserted in top of perianth tube; filaments filiform; anthers medifexed. Style filiform; stigma simple, slightly thickened, entire.

Fruit a berry; seeds 1–3, ± globose.


Habit
Photo P.G. Kodela

Other photo
Photo S. Goodwin

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 100 species, Africa & tropical Asia. Australia: 1 species (naturalised).

Sometimes placed in the family Asparagaceae.

Text by N. Frischknecht
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Sansevieria trifasciata

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