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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The rhizome is a source of water[1]. This is presumably of some use in the arid areas of its native range, but of rather limited benefit in Britain[K].

Unknown part

Material uses

A high quality fibre is obtained from the leaves. It is used for making sails and paper[2][3][4][5].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Sanseviera aethiopica.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse in April. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least a couple of years in a greenhouse before trying any of them outdoors.

Division of suckers as growth commences in the spring.

Leaf-cuttings, 7cm long placed in sand in a frame[2]. The leaf is cut into sections, the cut surfaces allowed to dry for a few hours, and the sections then placed in pots in a warm light frame, but with shelter from direct sunlight. Rooting and new growth should take place within a month.

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Cultivation

Requires a very sunny position in a very well-drained sandy gritty loam[3] and a pH between 6 and 7[6].

This species is not very frost hardy, though it can succeed outdoors in the mildest parts of the country if it is given a selected sunny position[3]. Plants must be kept dry after they have flowered[3].

There is a lot of confusion between this species, S. roxburghiana. Schult. from India and S. zeylanica. (L.)Willd. from Sri Lanka[6]. It is most likely that they all have similar uses, though none of them are likely to be very hardy in Britain.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Sanseviera aethiopica. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Sanseviera aethiopica.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Sanseviera aethiopica
Genus
Sanseviera
Family
Agavaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
10
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
  6. ? 6.06.16.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)