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


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

Morphology General Habit
Erect frutescent herb, stem ± 1.5–2.5 m high, 30–40 cm thick, rhizome subterranean; rhizome (0.8–)1.5–2(–2.5) cm long, (1.3–)3–4 cm wide, terete, very tough, noded, completely sheathed and only a very short basal part exposed
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous to spiral, 8–10(–12), linear-lanceolate, (0.5–)0.8–1(–1.5) m long, 2–2.6(–3) cm wide (along the V-shape), canaliculate down the face, very narrow, less than 0.1 cm thick, sheathed, recurved-spreading from the base, smooth; margin redbrown (brown-orange on drying), edged with a white membrane becoming wider towards leaf base; leaf apex 0.4–0.6 cm long, acute with a horny spine-like brownish yellow point; numerous veins evident on abaxial surface
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a terminal panicle 40–55(–80) cm long, stalk 2.5–3(–5) cm diameter, with ± 13(–15) branches with ± 15–20 flower clusters per branch, laxly branched from 3.4 cm above the base; lower branches 14–20 cm long and 2.4–3.4 cm apart, upper 6–10 cm long and ± 1.8–2.4 cm apart, simple; bracts at branch bases, lanceolate,1.7–2.3 cm long, becoming smaller up the inflorescence, acute, membraneous towards inflorescence apex; apex 0.2 cm long, white, horny tip; bracts subtending clusters are smaller, 0.2–0.3 cm long; flowers 2–4 per cluster; pedicel 0.2–0.3 cm long and jointed at the middle, very thin and weak
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers grey-brown; whole flower 1.2–1.5 cm long; tube 0.5–0.7 cm long, 1.1 cm wide; lobes 0.5–0.6 cm long; style 1.3–1.6 cm long, filiform, exserted beyond the lobes; stigma globose; filament 0.6–0.7 cm long; stamen 0.3 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a globose berry
Not known elsewhere
Open forest, coastal bushland, thicket; 0–400 m
Least concern
This species may be easily distinguished from {i}S. arborescens {/i}by its leaf, inflorescence and pedicel lengths being greater. The leaves are more outspread to recurved and light greygreen. It may be distinguished from {i}S. robusta {/i}by having more outspreading-recurved and spirally arranged leaves with light greenish brown, slightly rough surfaces.

Good fibre

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Dracaena bagamoyensis (N.E.Br.) Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sacleux [672], Tanzania Sansevieria bagamoyensis K000255796 Unknown type material

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. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mwachala, G. & Mbugua, P.K. (2007). Dracaenaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-43.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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 and
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.