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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Acaulescent herb; rhizome 0.5–1 cm thick, with numerous subsurface roots and scaly membranous leaves at leaf bases.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ascending-spreading and slightly recurving, (3–)4–7(–9) per plant, narrowly lanceolate, (15–)23–27(–32) × (2.5–)3–5(–6) cm, 0.2 cm thick, coriaceous, smooth, acute, subulate tip green, 0.7–1.9 cm long, leaf blade somewhat folded longitudinally, the margins green, both surfaces distinctly banded but clearer on under surface; petiole (6–)10–12(–15) cm long, 0.3–0.4(–0.6) cm wide, bases appear greyish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence racemose, 15–30(–42) cm long, axes 0.3 cm wide, flowers on upper half of axis, 1–2 per cluster; lower inflorescence bracts 4(–6), lanceolate, 1.2–2.6 cm long, acuminate, dotted with purple; bracteoles spreading, lanceolate, 0.1–0.2 cm long, acuminate, membranous; persistent portion of pedicels 0.3–0.4 cm long, jointed close under the flower
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower tube cylindric, 4.4 cm long, swollen at base, lobes whitish-green, 2 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, wider near the apex, slightly tapering to the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a globose berry

Native to:

Mozambique

Dracaena subspicata (Baker) Byng & Christenh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 16, 2002 Hornby, R.M. [2679], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000204080
Oct 16, 2002 Barbosa, G. [7648], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000204082
Jan 18, 1961 Balsinhas, A. [279], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000204083
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255859 Unknown type material
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255858 Unknown type material
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255857 Unknown type material
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255856 Unknown type material
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255855 Unknown type material
Monteiro [s.n.], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000255854 Unknown type material
Lavranos [s.n.], Socotra Sansevieria subspicata K000203280
Pfennig, H. [115] Sansevieria subspicata K000204299
Jansen, P.C.M. [7499], Mozambique Sansevieria subspicata K000204079

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

  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(2): 1-83. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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