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Sansevieria Aethiopica is an evergreen, flowering plant that naturally grows in tropical Africa. This tough plant can thrive almost anywhere and has many uses. The plant has been used as a medicine in southern Africa. Its leaf sap, rhizomes and roots are used as a herbal medicine for treating ear infections, diarrhea, intestinal parasites, toothache etc. Research revealed that the plant extract has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. The thick, fibrous leaves produce good quality fiber which is used for making ropes and bowstrings.
The term “Aethiopica” comes from the Ethiopian region, a historic name for most of Subsaharan Africa (Central-South Africa). It does not grow in modern Ethiopia.
This species has a miniature cultivar “Sansevieria Aethiopica Dwarf”. There is also a cultivar called “Blue Aethiopica”. Sansevieria Aethiopica belongs to the genus Dracaena from Asparagaceae family.
- Sansevieria Caespitosa Dinter
- Sansevieria Glauca Haw
- Pile’s Root
- Sansevieria Scabrifolia Dinter
- Sansevieria Thunbergii Mattei
- Bowstring Hemp
- Sansevieria Zeylanica Sensu Baker
- Sansevieria Aethiopica Thunb