Sansevieria pearsonii N.E. Br.

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Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
South of picnic site Harava Dam

Sansevieria pearsonii

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
South of picnic site Harava Dam

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Synonyms: Sansevieria desertii N.E. Br.
Common names: Spiky mother-in-law's tongue (English)
Status: Native
Succulent perennial, up to 1 m, with a fan of hard, ribbed, cylindric leaves, overlapping near the base. The leaves are spine-tipped at the apex. Inflorescence a tall raceme of pinkish-brown to blue-mauve flowers, usually opening at night.
Derivation of specific name: pearsonii: after Professor Henry Harold Welch Pearson (1870-1916), British-born South African botanist, prolific plant collector, botanical explorer and founder of the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens.
Habitat: A colony-forming species in shade of trees in dry scrub and woodland, often on termite mounds, in rocky or sandy areas.
Altitude range: 100 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and northern South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,GI
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 126.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 349. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. (2010). Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 31 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 90.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 59. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 25.

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Flora of Botswana: Sansevieria pearsonii
Flora of Caprivi: Sansevieria pearsonii
Flora of Zambia: Sansevieria pearsonii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sansevieria pearsonii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sansevieria pearsonii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sansevieria pearsonii
African Plant Database: Sansevieria pearsonii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sansevieria pearsonii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sansevieria pearsonii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sansevieria pearsonii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sansevieria pearsonii
Plants of the World Online: Sansevieria pearsonii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sansevieria pearsonii
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Wikipedia: Sansevieria pearsonii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Sansevieria pearsonii., retrieved 27 September 2020

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