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Sanseviera hyacinthoides (L.) Druce; Bowstring Hemp, Mother-in-law's Tongue, Lengua de Vaca

Coarse monocot herb; stem a creeping rhizome bearing leaf clusters at the tip; leaves alternate, simple, elongate, margin entire, apex acute, texture both leathery and succulent.

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Sansevieria species are native to Africa. They are widely cultivated throughout the tropics and frequently grown as houseplants in cool climates. The leaves are a source of fiber.