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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Acaulescent herb; rhizome brown, sturdy, creeping, to 5 cm in diameter
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 4–8, erect, oblanceolate, to 90 × 15 cm, stiff, smooth, apex obtuse, formed by withered edge, dull green without cross-banding (except in juvenile stage), margins fibrous and chestnut-brown, the edges detaching into fibres
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence crowded in upper part, 60–90 cm long; peduncle green, 25 mm in diameter at base; bracteoles 3–4, triangular, withered, to 5 × 4 cm; lower inflorescence bracts 8–35 mm long, 3–25 mm wide; flowers in clusters of 4–6; pedicel 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish white; perianth tube 18–20 mm long, inflated at base, lobes convolute, 26–28 mm long; filaments 25 mm long, anthers 3 mm long; style 56–58 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit orange, globose, 4–6 mm; seed bony, 3–5 mm.
Distribution
Ethiopia
Ecology
Dry bushland, rocky sites, secondary grassland; 50–2600 m
Conservation
Least concern
Note
Chahinian gives sight records for {b}U {/b}2 and {b}K {/b}5, 6, and states the species is common in the Eastern Suguta valley, at Rumuruti and Ngare Ndare, in Meru National Park and along the Nairobi–Mombasa and Nairobi–Magadi roads. Easily confused with {i}S. raffillii{/i}, but has wider and shorter as well as a smooth leaf surface. The inflorescence is crowded and brown in colour, especially the peduncle.

[FTEA]
Use
Leaf fibre used by spectacled weaver bird for nest-building

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Dracaena frequens (Chahin.) Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 16, 2009 Paulo, S. [1074], Kenya Sansevieria frequens K000204017

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

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