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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubby herb; rhizomes underground, yellowish white, quite stout and tough, growing upright ± 20–30 cm away from the parent plant; stem erect, light greenyellow, ± 30–50(–60) cm long, 3–5(–7) cm in diameter, with distinct nodes 2–3 cm apart, usually fully covered by leaf bases especially in young plants
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, erect, 6–14(–16) per plant, up to 20 in juvenile stages, upper side V-shaped, 1–1.5(–2.5) m long, width up to 3.5(–5) cm, smooth, apex with a sharp hard spine, margin dark brownish red, up to 2 mm wide, hardened, dark green with very light grey-white bloom on young plants; juveniles spirally arranged
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle with numerous branches, 0.8–1.4 m long, 0.5–0.7 m in diameter, stalks greenish grey, to 1.2–1.5 cm in diameter; flowers (4–)5–6(–7) per cluster, distance between clusters 1–2.5 cm; bracteoles to 2 mm long, acute, membranous, quickly deciduous; pedicels 0.3–0.4 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower perianth 0.4–0.6 cm long; tube 0.3 cm long, lobes greenish grey to greenish brown on the outside, greenish yellow on the inside, 0.3 cm long, producing copious nectar
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit an orange-yellow berry, with little flesh.
Distribution
Congo-Kinshasa
Ecology
Rocky {i}Acacia{/i}-{i}Commiphora{/i} bushland, bushed grassland; 550–1950 m
Conservation
Least concern
Note
This species yields an abundance of fibres of good quality (Brown, 1915). The flowers are highly fugaceous even before opening, sometimes over 90% drop off. Each of the branches has a large bract subtending it. This was observed only on live specimens otherwise only the tiny base remains are seen on dry specimens, if at all. This species may be distinguished from {i}S. ehrenbergii {/i}by having more open, completely smooth, brown greenish yellow leaves in dry specimens. The leaves have a transluscent and peeling epidermal surface while the fibres are not as rigid as in {i}S. ehrenbergii.{/i}

[FTEA]
Use
Fruit eaten by birds and other animals

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania, Zaïre

Dracaena perrotii (O.Warburg) Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 27, 1994 Gillett, J.B. [24126], Somalia Sansevieria robusta K000203255
Powell [01], Kenya Sansevieria robusta K000255774 Unknown type material
Grenfell [13], Kenya Sansevieria robusta K000255775 Unknown type material
Grenfell [13], Kenya Sansevieria robusta K000255776 Unknown type material
Grenfell, A.P. [6], Kenya Sansevieria robusta K000255777

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.

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