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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya, Zambia to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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

Morphology General Habit
Large rhizomatous herb; stem absent or up to 5 cm long, up to 2.6 cm in diameter, concealed in imbricating leaf-bases
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, 4–12, slightly spreading fanwise, straight to slightly recurved, slightly compressed-cylindric, 65–105 × 0.8–1.3 cm, 1.3–1.9(–2.2) cm thick from front to back, very rough, tapering to a sharp whitish or grey spine 0.8–1.3 cm long; leaf channelled down inner surface with acute dark brown edges but becomes shallow towards the base, membrane discontinous dark brown above, but whitish membrane towards the leaf base, with 11–15 or more grooves, dull bluish green with numerous darker longitudinal lines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike-like raceme 30–60 cm long, axis pale dull light green, 0.6 cm in diameter, minutely dotted with white; flowers 7–14 per cluster; lower inflorescence bracts 2–3, 1.9–3.8 cm long, tapering to a fine subulate point, produced on lower third of peduncle, distant, membranous; bracteoles subulate, 0.3–0.6 cm long; pedicels 0.4–0.5 cm long, persistent part 0.3–0.6 cm long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower erect or ascending, pale dingy greenish in bud to purplish-blue on maturity; tube white to greenish, 0.7–1 cm long, lobes white on the inner face, green with minute dull purplish dots on the outside, linear, 1.2–1.6 cm long, obtuse, revolute, recurved in 3 lobes, but some in 5, becoming horizontal or distinctly drooping when expanded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a berry, greenish brown on ripening
Distribution
Zambia, South Africa
Ecology
No data for our area
Conservation
Least concern
Note
The number of flowers per cluster is very high, 7–14, with very prominent and persistent pedicels 0.5–0.6 cm long. This species resembles {i}S. volkensii {/i}in its growth habit, but the leaves are much larger, smooth with very distinct longitudinal grooves. It is possible that this is a variant of {i}S. pearsonii {/i}N.E.Br. that grows in Southern Africa, but the number of leaves and flowers are too high; {i}S. pearsonii {/i}has a spiral-distichous arrangement with a slightly rough surface.

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Use
No data

Native to:

Kenya, Northern Provinces, Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bull [s.n.] Sansevieria sordida K000255780 Unknown type material
Bull [s.n.] Sansevieria sordida K000255781 Unknown type material
Bull [s.n.] Sansevieria sordida K000255782 Unknown type material
Grenfell, A.P. [4], Kenya Sansevieria sordida K000203443
Grenfell, A.P. [4], Kenya Sansevieria sordida K000203442
s.coll. [s.n.] Sansevieria sordida K000203441

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

  • 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