Sansevieria downsii Chahin.

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Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

Sansevieria downsii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Montepuez, Cabo Delgado province

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Synonyms: Sansevieria aff. gracilis N.E. Br. sensu Thiede
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial succulent with creeping stolons, often covered in old leaf sheaths. Leaves 6-14 per shoot in rosettes, recurved, spreading, 14-45 cm long, with a ovate base and cylindrical but channeled for up to 80% of the length, longitudinally grooved, mid-green with no or very faint transverse bands; apex spiny, withered. Flowers in spike-like inflorescence up to 120 cm long, much longer than the leaves; flowering part 40-70 cm long, mostly about twice as long as the peduncle. Flowers in 3-10-flowered clusters, usually set 1-2 cm apart, opening in the evening; perianth cream, pearly grey or purplish-green, 20-24 mm long; tube c. 10 mm long, lobes c. 12 mm long. Fruit c. 8 mm in diameter.
Notes: This species has only recently been recorded from northern Mozambique for the first time.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On termite mounds in dry woodland and scrub.
Altitude range: 600 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from northern parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Sunday 31 July 2016
Literature:

La Croix, I. (2010). Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Page 26.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Sansevieria downsii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=206950, retrieved 11 December 2019

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