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This species is accepted, and its native range is Gabon to Tanzania and S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Acaulescent herb; rhizome subterranean, crowded with scaly leaves
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1–3, erect or ascending-spreading to upper part recurved or even drooping, elongatelanceolate or broadly strap-shaped, 45–180(–270) × 5.8–8.8 cm, 0.8–1.4 cm thick at the middle, very rigid to stiffly coriaceous towards acute apex, tipped with a horny spine 0.8–1.3 cm long, very wavy along the sides, margins reddish brown, hardened, edged with white in juvenile, at length often breaking up into thread-like fibres, smooth, in juveniles spreading to recurved-spreading, shortly petiolate, concave to flattish, lanceolate; midrib broad, rounded on the back; petiole 2.5–3.1 cm broad, 3.8 cm thick; basal scaly leaves membranous, distinctly parallel veined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate-corymbose, (25–)37–60 cm long, axis dull purplish brown, 1.3–1.9 cm in diameter, thickly speckled with pale green or dull whitish; inflorescence axis 3.8–6.3 cm long, capitate, dense; lower inflorescence bracts distant, green, ovate or lanceolate, (4–)5–6, 3.5–12.5 × 3.8 cm, the upper spreading from stalk, speckled with fuscous or dull purplish brown at the tips; lower bracts lanceolate, oblanceolate, ovate or oblong-ovate, 2.5–3.8 × 0.8–1.9 cm, others gradually smaller, acute or subobtuse, green, suffused with dull purplish brown and dotted with paler brown; pedicels 6–10 mm long, 1.5–2 mm in diameter, not jointed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower erect or ascending, green on the back and tips, the rest brownishpink, 12–13(–14.5) cm long; tube purplish or dull pink, ± 11–12.5 cm long, lobes linear, 3–4.5 cm long, obtuse, spreading, with revolute tips; filaments 17–17.5 cm long, anthers 4–5 mm long; style 15.5–16.5 cm long, exserted beyond the lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a globose berry
Figures
Fig. 4, p. 31.

Native to:

Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Dracaena pethera Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 2003 Jannerup [270], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203943
Jan 1, 2002 Mhoro, B. [392], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203936
Jan 1, 1991 Gereau, R.E. [3825], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203934
Jan 1, 1991 Gereau, R.E. [3825], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203933
Jun 12, 1987 Greenway, P.J. [14635], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203932
Jun 12, 1987 Vaughan, J.H. [719], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203949
Nov 16, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1989], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203942
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [7755], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203937
Nov 16, 1983 Syne, R.N. [3], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203944
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [2990], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203940
Nov 16, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1989], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203941
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [7755], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203938
Nov 16, 1983 Syne, R.N. [3], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203945
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [2990], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203939
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255817 Unknown type material
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255818 Unknown type material
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255819 Unknown type material
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255820 Unknown type material
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255821 Unknown type material
Kirk [s.n.], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000255822 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.] Sansevieria kirkii K000203946
Drummond, R.B. [3504], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000204013
Luke, W.R.Q. [4012], Kenya Sansevieria kirkii K000203929
Richards, H.M. [11898], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204096
Vaughan, J.H. [1821], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203947
s.coll. [s.n.] Sansevieria kirkii K000204293
Bingham, M.G. [10223], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204098
Fanshawe, D.B. [2943], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204094
Lawton, R.M. [819], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204091
s.coll. [s.n.] Sansevieria kirkii K000203928
Frontier-Tanzania [1372], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203935
Frontier-Tanzania [2819], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203950
Syne, R.N. [105], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000203948
Brummitt, R.K. [16307], Malawi Sansevieria kirkii K000204089
Fanshawe, D.B. [1373], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204092
Chisumpa, S.M. [SMC129], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204097
Bingham, M.G. [10223], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204099
Buchanan [105], Malawi Sansevieria kirkii K000204088
Bingham, M.G. [10223], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204280
Fanshawe, D.B. [2943], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204095
Drummond, R.B. [3504], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000204014
Drummond, R.B. [3504], Tanzania Sansevieria kirkii K000204012
Luke, W.R.Q. [4013], Kenya Sansevieria kirkii K000203931
Luke, W.R.Q. [4013], Kenya Sansevieria kirkii K000203930
Fanshawe, D.B. [2943], Zambia Sansevieria kirkii K000204093

First published in Global Fl. 4: 66 (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

  • Eggli, U. (ed.) (2001). Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons: 1-354. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.
  • Mwachala, G. & Mbugua, P.K. (2007). Dracaenaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-43.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(2): 1-83. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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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/
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