Large-leaved Sanseveria

elsier(z6 KY)November 7, 2003

Today at the Cincinnati Krohn Conservatory there were some terrific Sansevieria plants with really wide leaves. There were not many leaves on each plant, about 2 feet tall, but they were almost five inches wide! Unfortunately, I did not bring a camera.

It was really attractive and I hope you can identify it.


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The Sansevierias with the widest leaves are either S. masoniana or S. grandis. You can tell the difference by feeling the leaves. Grandis should be smooth to the touch whilst S. masoniana is rougher. Both can easily attain 2 feet or more, with S. masoniana tending to grow taller. There are other wide leaved species from Malawi & Zimbabwe, as yet unnamed, which are not so common in cultivation.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2003 at 7:42PM
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elsier(z6 KY)

Thanks Birdsnestsoup, I will look those up.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2003 at 9:43AM
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hello; just wanna know what are the types of sansi that are large-leaved?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2004 at 7:27AM
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Solar_Storm(24 CA)

Perhaps the widest are masoniana (aka Mason/Congo), grandis, liberica, and dawei.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2004 at 11:57AM
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I was going to post a similiar question about the sans I saw in a green house. It was a varigated S. trifasciata -(would that be laurentii) but the leaves seemed much wider than my varigated plant. It was a $4 plant so it was small. It looked like a tall bird"s nest type sans.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 8:12AM
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Solar_Storm(24 CA)

There are a LOT of variegated trifasciatas. But at $4 I suspect if yours isn't S.t. Lauentii, it might be S. futura. If so that's still a good for a pup. Look for pictures of S. futura to compare.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 5:07PM
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