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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Sansevieria

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Asparagaceae

About 60 species (mainly tropical Africa and Asia), of which 10 are native to southern Africa. An additional three species are cultivated in the region. Previously placed in the family Dracaenaceae, then the Ruscaceae, neither of which is now recognised.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Sansevieria aethiopica


Sansevieria concinna


Sansevieria conspicua

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Sansevieria hallii


Sansevieria hyacinthoides

Sansevieria kirkii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Sansevieria longiflora


Sansevieria metallica


Sansevieria pearsonii

Sansevieria stuckyi

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Sansevieria parva

Native to tropical East Africa.


Sansevieria trifasciata

Native to tropical West Africa.


Sansevieria volkensii

[= Sansevieria intermedia]

Native to tropical Africa.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.