African Bowstring Hemp
Scientific Name: Sansevieria cylindrica Bojer ex Hook.
Synonyms: Sansevieria angolensis Welw. ex Carrière, Sansevieria cylindrica var. patula N.E.Br.
Unique ID: 213
English – African bowstring hemp
Description: Dracaena angolensis has striped, elongate, smooth, greenish-gray subcylindrical leaves. They are up to 3 cm (1 in) diameter and grow up to 2 m (7 ft) above soil. The spear sansevieria grows fan-shaped, with its stiff leaves growing from a basal rosette.
The species is interesting in having subcylindrical instead of strap-shaped leaves caused by a failure to express genes which would cause the cylindrical bud to differentiate dorsoventrally or produce a distinctive and familiar top and bottom surface to the leaf blade.The 3 cm (1 in) greenish-white tubular flowers are tinged with pink
Distribution: Native to tropical west africa
Uses: Ornamental purpose