Sansevieria Thunb.

First published in Prodr. Pl. Cap.: 65 (1794), nom. cons.
This genus is a synonym of Dracaena

POWO follows these authorities in synonymising this name:

  • (2021). epublication. [Cited as Dracaena.]

This name is accepted following an alternative taxonomy by these authorities:

  • Baldwin, A.S. & Webb, R.H. (2016). The genus Sansevieria: an introduction to Molecular (DNA) analysis and preliminary insights to intrageneric relationships. Sansevieria 34: 14-26. [Cited as Sansevieria.]
  • Jankalski, S. (2008). Subgenera and new combinations in Dracaena. Sansevieria 18: 17-21. [Cited as Sansevieria.]

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 332
  • N. E. Br. in Kew Bull. 1915: 185. Nom. cons.
  • Prod. Pl. Cap. 65 (1794)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • N.E.Brown in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1915: 185–260 (1915)
  • Newton in Eggli, Illustr. Handbook Succulent Pl.: Monocot.: 261–272 (2001)
  • Thunb., Prodr. Pl. Cap. 5 (29): 65 (1794), nom. cons.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:


  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
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