Sansevieria cylindrica

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Sansevieria cylindrica
Sansevieria cylindrica flowers 7.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Genus: Sansevieria
S. cylindrica
Binomial name
Sansevieria cylindrica
Bojer, 1837

Sansevieria cylindrica, also known as the cylindrical snake plant, African spear or spear sansevieria,[1] is a succulent plant native to Angola.


Sansevieria cylindrica has striped, elongate, smooth, greenish-gray subcylindrical leaves. They are up to 3 cm (1 in) diameter and grow up to 2 m (7 ft) above soil.[1] The Spear Sansevieria grows fan-shaped, with its stiff leaves growing from a basal rosette.

The species is interesting in having subcylindical instead of strap-shaped leaves caused by a failure to express genes which would cause the cylindrical bud to differentiate dorsoventrally or produce a distinctive and familiar top and bottom surface to the leaf blade.[1][2] The 3 cm (1 in) greenish-white tubular flowers are tinged with pink.[2]


The species is drought-tolerant and in captivity requires water only about once every other week during the growing season.[2] The species was described by Wenceslas Bojer in 1837. Sansevieria cylindrica received its name from a competition in a Dutch national newspaper.[1] It is popular as an ornamental plant[1] as it is easy to culture and take care of in a home if given bright sunlight and other required resources.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Thongthiraj, Rahpee. "Get Inspired with Sansevierias: The Perfect Solution for Your Home Garden". California Cactus Center. Archived from the original on 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2017-07-02.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Lemke, Cal (2002-01-25). "Sanseviera cylindrica". Plant of the Week. University of Oklahoma Department of Biology and Microbiology. Retrieved 2008-04-02.

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