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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Kenya to Rwanda.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Rosulate herb with subsurface to aerial branching; rhizome brownish orange, (1–)1.5–2 cm thick; stem (1–) 2.5–8 cm long, 0.5–0.8 cm in diameter, sometimes concealed completely between the leaves
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ascending or suberect, slightly recurved-spreading at the upper part, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, (6–)8–14(–18) per plant, 20–47 × 0.8–1.4 cm, shallowly concave and folded longitudinally, rounded or obtusely keeled on the back, smooth on both surfaces, tapering at the apex into a stout subulate tip (2–)3.5–5 cm long with soft green point, base narrowed into a petiole up to 5–7 cm long, flat on the face and very rounded at the back but broadly clasping at the base; young leaves very clearly banded on both surfaces with transverse bands of dark bright green and paler green which fade with age hence deep green, margins green, soft; basal scaly leaves 3–4 per plant, 1.5–5.2 × 2.2 cm, membranous, acute, subulate tip 0.3 cm long, grey-green, margin narrow, with evident vertical veins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax raceme (25–)30–50(–60) cm long; axis greenish-purple to pale green, 0.2–0.3 cm wide, smooth, glaucous; flower clusters on upper third of axis, flowers (1–)2 per cluster, always solitary in lower and upper parts of the inflorescence, ascending; lower inflorescence bracts 3–4(–5), 1.5–2.5 cm long, the basal clasping, membranous, acute; bracteoles spreading, narrowly lanceolate, 3–4(–6) mm long, membranous, acute, each subtending a flower; pedicel 2–3 mm long, the base hardly jointed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower perianth (18–)21–23 mm long; tube pale pinkish-white, 9–12 mm long, swollen at base, lobes greenish grey at base, grey-white in middle, pinkish-brown at apex, linear, 9.5–11 mm long, obtuse; filament 15–17 mm long, anthers 1.5 mm long; ovary greenish grey, elongate, (1.5–)2.4–2.7 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a yellow berry, 5–8 mm in diameter.
Distribution
Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Dry forest, near bases of termite hills, rocky sites in bushland, also in woodland; 600–2400 m
Conservation
Least concern
Note
During fieldwork it was found that leaf banding varies from very bright and evident markings to faint or no bands on the plants growing in the shade. Leaf size also varies much, depending on a number of factors, such as water availability, soil type, etc. In his revision of this genus Brown (1915) stated that {i}S. dooneri {/i}was closely related to {i}S. parva{/i}, though distinguishing it by “its less evident stem and less erect habit, the leaves being much more recurved; they do not have a very distinct petiole, and their subulate points are usually much shorter; also the colour is of a much darker and dull green, with very inconspicuous pale markings”. The two taxa, however, grow together in their natural habitats. The type localities are not very far apart i.e. near Gilgil River and in the Kedong Valley – within 30–40 km of each other and both in the Rift Valley. After careful study and comparison, it has been decided that the two are actually one species exhibiting variation due to microhabitat factors.

[FTEA]
Use
Used as a fodder by farmers during droughts around Kijabe area – Kenya.

Native to:

Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 4, 1994 s.coll. [s.n.], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203808
Nov 4, 1994 s.coll. [s.n.], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203809
Nov 4, 1994 Powell [15], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203810
Nov 4, 1994 Pfennig, H. [1037] Sansevieria parva K000203828
Apr 2, 1986 Dümmer, R. [2639], Uganda Sansevieria parva K000203802
Apr 2, 1986 Bradham, P.E. [s.n.], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203807
Apr 2, 1986 Mwangangi, O.M. [246], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203814
Apr 2, 1986 Bally, P.R.O. [B120], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203813
Apr 2, 1986 E.R.V. [806], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203817
Apr 2, 1986 Bradham, P.E. [s.n.], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203812
Apr 27, 1985 Beesley, J.S.S. [165], Tanzania Sansevieria parva K000203820
Apr 27, 1985 Beesley, J.S.S. [165], Tanzania Sansevieria parva K000203819
Apr 26, 1985 Dawe? [687], Uganda Sansevieria parva K000255801 Unknown type material
Nov 16, 1983 Chandler, P. [346] Sansevieria parva K000203806
Nov 16, 1983 Marchand, C. [63804], Uganda Sansevieria parva K000203803
Nov 16, 1983 Chandler, P. [1124] Sansevieria parva K000203801
Nov 16, 1983 Napper, D. [1511], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203825
Nov 16, 1983 Purseglove, J.W. [P.3095] Sansevieria parva K000203800
Nov 16, 1983 Bally, P.R.O. [7517], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203816
Nov 16, 1983 Dowson, W.J. [277], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203822
Nov 16, 1983 Balley, P.R.O. [7366], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203824
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [9732], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203826
Nov 16, 1983 Verdcourt [2919], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203815
Nov 14, 1983 Cooper, A.M. [1502], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203821
Nov 14, 1983 Pole Evans, I.B. [Nat. Herb. No27034], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203827
Nov 14, 1983 Graham [983], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203823
Nov 14, 1983 Erens, J. [1133], Uganda Sansevieria parva K000203804
Nov 14, 1983 Graham [983], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203805
Nov 14, 1983 Pole Evans, I.B. [Nat. Herb. No27034], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203811
Powell [15], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000255800 Unknown type material
Bally [B120], Kenya Sansevieria parva K000203818

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.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1988). Flora du Rwanda 4: 1-651. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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