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Sansevieria trifasciata Prain
Bengal Pl. 2: 1054. 1903

Sansevieria trifasciata Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr
Habit at Kula Ace Hardware and Nursery, Maui, Hawaii, USA. September 06, 2007


See all synonyms of Sansevieria trifasciata

Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Mother-in-laws Tongue, Snake plant, Saint George's sword, Snake tongue, Bow string hemp, Jinn's tongue, Devil's tongue
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): Skoonma-se-tong
CHINESE (中文): 虎尾兰
EFIK or RIVERAIN IBIBIO (Efik): ọ̀kọ̀nọ̀ékpè
FINNISH (Suomi): Isoanopinkieli
HAUSA (Harshen Hausa هَرْشَن هَوْسَ ): guru, móódáá
IGBO (Asụsụ Igbo): èbùbè agụ́ (majestyof the leopard)
JAPANESE (日本語): とらのお, サンセベリア
LUXEMBOURGISH (Lëtzebuergesch): Schwéiermammszongen
MALAY (بهاس ملاي /Bahasa Melayu ): Lidah biawak
MALAYALAM (മലയാളം): സർപ്പപ്പോള
NORMAN ( Nouormand / Normaund): Langue à la belle-méthe
NORWEGIAN (Bokmål): Svigermorstunge
PERSIAN (فارسی): زبان مادر شوهر
POLISH ( Polski): Sansewieria gwinejska
PORTUGUESE (Português): Espada de São Jorge, Espada-de-são-jorge, Espada-de-santa-bárbara, Sansevieria zeylanica, Língua-de-sogra, Rabo-de-lagarto, Sanseviéria
RUSSIAN (Русский): Сансевьера треxполосная, Сансевье́ра, Сансевие́ра, Сансевие́рия
SPANISH (Español): Lengua de vaca, Culebrilla
SWEDISH (Svenska): Svärmorstunga, Svärmors tunga
TURKISH (Türkçe): Paşa Kılıcı
VIETNAMESE (Tiếng Việt): hổ vĩ mép lá vàng, Lưỡi cọp
YORUBA (èdè Yorùbá): ọ̀já kòríkò (hyena’s girdle), ọ̀já ikọ̀okò (hyena’s girdle), abala (the fibre), pàς̣ánkòríkò (hyena )

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Sansevieria trifasciata group

  • Sansevieria trifasciata Prain: has upright, sword-shaped leaves from a basal rosette, dark green with horizontal bands of light greyish-green. Distribution: West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Bantel's Sensation: (White sansevieria) - A beautifully elegant variegated plant with 60-90 cm long by 4 cm inch wide dark green leaves that are dramatically banded with snow white streaks.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Golden Hahnii: (Golden birdnest sansevieria) has attractive yellow/golden leaves with a combination of marginal and internal green stripes of variable width/length which are parallel with the veins of the leaf.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata cv. hahnii: a.k.a. Bird's Nest Sansevieria is a dwarf version with rosettes of leaves banded green and dark green.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Laurentii: similar in growth and appearance to Sansevieria trifasciata, but has broad creamy-yellow, longitudinal stripes on margins.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Moonshine: has pale green (nearly silver) leaves, ageing to an olive colour with slight cross banding with a narrow dark green margin.

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Habit at Garden of Eden Keanae, Maui, Hawaii, USA. March 30, 2011. Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr
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Habit at Enlisted Woods Sand Island, Midway Atoll, Hawaii, USA. June 10, 2008. Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr

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Habit at Oakwood Lakes Boynton Beach, Florida. September 23, 2009. Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr
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Habit view Moku Aeae islet at Kilauea Pt NWR, Kauai, Hawaii, Usa. March 18, 2013. Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr

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Along boardwalk at Gulfstream Park, Florida. September 23, 2009. Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr
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