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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to NE. Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Dracenaceae, Geoffrey Mwachala & Paul Mbugua, Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

Morphology General Habit
Rosulate herb, with horizontal stolons
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spreading, 6–10, laterally compressed-cylindric, 6–12 × 0.6–0.9 cm, apex a red-brown spine to 7 mm long, grooved on the face from base to 66–75 % of the length, with alternating transverse bands of dark and light green, margins of the groove with a red-brown line and a white edge, surface distinctly rough; scale leaves triangular, to 2 × 0.9 cm, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, erect, to 15.5 cm long; axis pale green, 3 mm in diameter, flowers 2 per cluster; bracts to 12 × 5 mm; bracteoles triangular, 3 × 3 mm; pedicel 1–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers with perianth tube 18–22 mm long, lobes 10–13 mm long; filaments to 12 mm, anthers 2–1.5 mm long; style white, exserted for up to 13 mm; stigma to 1 mm diameter.
Distribution
Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Rock faces, in soil pockets among sedges, or below shrubs on hillsides; 150–1000 m
Conservation
Data deficient
Note
Close to {i}S. gracilis {/i}but differs in shorter stolons, shorter leaves with rough surface, distinctive colour banding and shorter inflorescence.

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Use
No data

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Dracaena ballyi (L.E.Newton) Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 8, 2009 Kisena [1167], Tanzania Sansevieria ballyi K000203979
Newton [5594], Kenya Sansevieria ballyi K000099514 isotype

First published in Global Fl. 4: 65 (2018)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mwachala, G. & Mbugua, P.K. (2007). Dracaenaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-43.
  • Newton, L.E. (2010). Notes on Sansevieria ballyi, with description of a new cultivar Sansevieria 22: 10-12.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0