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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to 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, sub-erect to procumbent; rhizome subterranean, surface branching on shallow soils, reddish or purplish, 1.7–3.7 cm thick
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ascendingspreading, 3–5(–6), lanceolate or elongated lanceolate, 22–75 × 5–7.5(–8.1) cm, 0.2 cm thick at middle, acute, very smooth, apex 0.2–0.3 cm long, narrowed from below the middle to the base, margin brownish red, 1 mm broad, slightly twisted and wavy, hardened, narrowly edged with white; both surfaces dull green, slightly darker above, numerous longitudinal lines of darker green from base to apex, very faint bands on under surface that disappear with age, apex almost obtuse to retuse when subulate tip is broken off; petiole indistinct; basal scaly leaves 3.5–8 × 3.5 cm, some with yellowish brown margin, others grey-white membranous, vertical veins evident
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike-like raceme, 30–60(–90) cm long, axis greyish green, suffused with dull purple marked with minute paler specks, 0.6–0.8 cm across; flowers 1–2(–3) per cluster; lower inflorescence bracts 4–5, pale brownish, 3.1–8.8 cm long, submembranous, tapering to a very acute point; bracteoles reflexed linearlanceolate, 0.5–1.3 cm long, acute, membranous, remain attached on inflorescence even after flowers fall off; pedicels 0.4–0.6(–0.8) cm (0.2–0.5 cm long when dry), many pedicels thick, 1.5–2 cm, articulated, no deciduous part
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 3.5–4 cm long; tube greenish white, 0.3–0.6 cm long, rather slender, swollen at base; lobes white, linear, 3.2–3.4 cm long, revolute, obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a globose berry 0.5–0.7 cm in diameter.
Distribution
Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique
Ecology
Littoral forest/evergreen bushland, also in crevices and earth pockets in coral, often locally common; inland more rare, on rocky outcrops and in riverine thicket; 0–1200 m
Conservation
Least Concern
Note
The specimens along the east coast of Africa have suberect leaves, smooth, no bands and are generally much shorter than the inland specimens. The specimens from Malawi have longer and more stiff leaves. The suberect to procumbent growth form is one of the major diagnostic characters.

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Use
No data

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 3, 1993 s.coll. [The Imperial Institute, S.W.5], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203850
Dec 30, 1988 Burtt, B.D. [5213], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203895
Dec 30, 1988 Bax, R.D. [404], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203980
Dec 30, 1988 Michelmore, A.P.G. [773], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203896
Dec 30, 1988 Bax, R.D. [404], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203893
Dec 30, 1988 Bax, R.D. [404], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203894
Dec 29, 1988 Napier, E.R. [2030], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203851
Dec 29, 1988 Meyerhoff [12 - 0], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203855
Dec 27, 1988 Tweedie [1441], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203856
Dec 27, 1988 Hawthorne, W. [714], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203898
Dec 27, 1988 Hawthorne, W. [714], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203897
Dec 27, 1988 Tanner, R. [2942], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203868
Apr 4, 1986 Rawlins, S. [382], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203844
Apr 4, 1986 Wallace, G.B. [815], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203863
Apr 4, 1986 Faulkner, H.G. [2341], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203883
Apr 4, 1986 Vaughan, J.H. [1155], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203884
Apr 4, 1986 Stolz, A. [1926], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203888
Apr 4, 1986 Verdcourt [3220], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203901
Apr 4, 1986 Stolz, A. [1926], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203886
Apr 4, 1986 Stolz, A. [1926], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203887
Apr 4, 1986 Stolz, A. [1926], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203885
Apr 4, 1986 Faulkner, H.G. [2341], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203882
Apr 2, 1986 Semsei, S.R. [4038], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203874
Apr 2, 1986 Cribb, P. [11112], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203875
Apr 2, 1986 Drummond, R.B. [3361], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203867
Apr 2, 1986 Graham, R.M. [2060], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203842
Apr 2, 1986 Faulkner, H. [1387], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203862
Nov 16, 1983 Adams, B.R. [114], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203847
Nov 16, 1983 Adams, B.R. [114], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203848
Nov 16, 1983 Batty, M. [477], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203876
Nov 16, 1983 Drummond, R.B. [3845], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203891
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [4930], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203900
Nov 16, 1983 Drummond, R.B. [3845], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203890
Nov 16, 1983 [Archbold, A.E.] [470], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203872
Nov 16, 1983 Greenway, P.J. [4930], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203899
Nov 16, 1983 Batty, M. [477], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203877
Nov 16, 1983 Drummond, R.B. [3845], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203889
Nov 15, 1983 Polhill, R. [682], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203852
Nov 15, 1983 Polhill, R. [682], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203854
Nov 15, 1983 Wigg, L.T. [403], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203873
Nov 15, 1983 Greenway [5029], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203871
Nov 14, 1983 Burtt, B.D. [1733], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203892
Nov 14, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1655], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203869
Nov 14, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1582], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203864
Nov 14, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1655], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203870
Nov 14, 1983 Faulkner, H.G. [1973], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203878
Powell [12], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000255804 Unknown type material
Powell [12], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000255803 Unknown type material
Luke [3092], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203846
Luke, P.A. [7328], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203849
Drummond, R.B. [3223], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203858
Drummond, R.B. [3223], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203861
Drummond, R.B. [3223], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203860
Drummond, R.B. [3223], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203857
Luke [2284], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203841
Cunningham [GUS2041], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203843
Drummond, R.B. [3223], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203859
Clarke, G.P. [3490], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203879
Clarke, G.P. [3457], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203865
Frontier-Tanzania [852], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203880
Frontier-Tanzania [1336], Tanzania Sansevieria conspicua K000203881
Festo, L. [2697], Kenya Sansevieria conspicua K000203845

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

  • 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