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S. guineensis

Posted by solar_storm 24 CA (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 11, 13 at 11:35

I have long thought that in addition to trifasciata, the other naturalized sansevieria in FL was the one known locally as S guineensis that I thought was a cultivar of S metallica., I just came across an article (see link) where the author, states the species is actually S.hyacinthoides. Here's the text. The photo is my plant

Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce, Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 3: 423. 1914. Aloe hyacinthoides L., Sp. Pl. 1: 321. 1753. Cordyline hyacinthoides (L.) W. Wight, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 9: 249. 1904. LECTOTYPE (designated by Stearn 1961): GUINEA. C. Commelin, Praeludia Bot. 84, t. 33. 1703.
Though Sansevieria hyacinthoides appears to spread vegetatively only, it is widespread in central and south peninsular Florida. It can form dense colonies from its thick, bright orange rhizomes. This species was depicted by Dodge in 1893 (as S. guineensis (L.) Willd.) as a potential fiber crop and may have been introduced to Florida much earlier than 1893 (Henley 1982). The earliest specimen I have seen from Florida was collected by Britton in 1903 from “waste places” in Key West (NY). I have not seen any herbarium specimens with fruits in Florida.

Here is a link that might be useful: Author:ALAN R. FRANCK, Univ South FL

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RE: S. guineensis

As a Master Gardener I give a program on sansevieria. In research I found out about hyacinthoides. There are several sans that look similar but the bloom is distinct.
When i was first getting started i got a selection of plants from Bob Smoley and I got a hyacinthoides but it has yet to bloom.

RE: S. guineensis

One of my S. hyacinthoides did bloom, but don't know if it came from FL stock. I probably took a photo of the inflorescence but all I can find is a 2008 photo of the fruit. I'll bet Bob Smoley's stock is the same as what grows wild in Florida. You can get a feel for the diameter of the rhizome by comparing it to the 1/2" wide label. I didn't plant the seed.

RE: S. guineensis

it's fertile to boot

RE: S. guineensis

Not necessarily, the seeds might not have been viable. We'll never know.

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