Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce, Rep. Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 3: 423 1913 publ. 1914. (syn: Acyntha guineensis (L.) Medik.; Acyntha thyrsiflora (Thunb.) Kuntze; Aletris guineensis (L.) Jacq.; Aletris hyacinthoides (L.) L.; Aletris hyacinthoides var. guineensis (L.) L.; Aloe guineensis (L.) Jacq.; Aloe hyacinthoides L.; Aloe hyacinthoides var. guineensis L.; Cordyline guineensis (L.) Britton; Cordyline hyacinthoides (L.) W.Wight; Pleomele aloifolia Salisb.; Salmia guineensis (L.) Cav.; Salmia spicata Cav.; Sanseverinia thyrsiflora Petagna; Sansevieria angustiflora Lindb.; Sansevieria angustifolia Baker, nom.illeg.; Sansevieria ceylonica Oken; Sansevieria fulvocincta Haw.; Sansevieria grandis Hook.f.; Sansevieria grandis var. zuluensis N.E.Br.; Sansevieria guineensis (L.) Willd.; Sansevieria laetevirens Haw.; Sansevieria latifolia Bojer; Sansevieria polyphylla Haw.; Sansevieria rufocincta Baker; Sansevieria spicata (Cav.) Haw.; Sansevieria stenophylla Link; Sansevieria thyrsiflora (Petagna) Thunb.; Veltheimia guineensis  (L.) Neck.)                

Kenya to S. Africa as per WCSP (Dracaena hyacinthoides (L.) Mabb., Mabberley’s Pl.-Book, ed. 4: 1101 (2017)) 

Bahamas; Cape Provinces; Cayman Is.; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic;
Florida; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Kenya; KwaZulu-Natal; Leeward Is.; Malawi;
Mexico Southeast; Mozambique; Northern Provinces; Panam; Puerto Rico; Swaziland;
Tanzania; Trinidad-Tobago; Vietnam; Windward Is.; Zambia; Zimbabwe
as per Catalogue of Life;

Images by Samir Mehta (inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade) 


Syn. Sansevieria bequaertii De Wild.
Jijamata Udyan, Feb. ’11.
Leaf surface was smooth; Transverse (light and dark) bands present.
identification based on FOI database; our group database search did not yield any result.
Kindly confirm / correct.

Beautiful details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Interestingly Sansevieria are also called, mother-in-law’s tongue and devil’s tongue, I imagine what’s common between those names :)).

I think this should be Sansevieria trifasciata Prain and not Sansevieria parva N.E.Br. as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Sansevieria 

On further checking, I found it to be more closer to Sansevieria hyacinthoides as per



Requesting to please ID this Sansevieria captured in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in January 2014.


Thanks … for your feedback. However, the leaves do not seem cylindrical..

Is this S.trifasciata only?

Sansevieria trifasciata for sure. There are many cultivated varieties of different forms/ colours

Since you are validating Sansevieria Species, I’m adding one seen in Tsavo West, Kenya.
This was taken in Jan, 2009.
Missed posting it earlier.

Can not say. There are so many species over there.

Try with something like Sansevieria hyacinthoides  

Looks very close to my pictures. Especially the leaves.


Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP (Dracaena hyacinthoides (L.) Mabb., Mabberley’s Pl.-Book, ed. 4: 1101 (2017)) IPNI
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