- any plant belonging to the genus Sansevieria, of the agave family, grown as a houseplant for its stiff, sword-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers.
Origin of sansevieria
1795–1805; < New Latin; named after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan; see -ia
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The leaves of species of Sansevieria yield a valuable fibre.
Sisal hemp and Sansevieria have been experimented with, but without any distinct influence upon the trade output.The Hawaiian Islands
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- any herbaceous perennial plant of the liliaceous genus Sansevieria, of Old World tropical regions. Some are cultivated as house plants for their erect bayonet-like fleshy leaves of variegated green (mother-in-law's tongue); others yield useful fibre (bowstring hemp)
Word Origin for sansevieria
New Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), Italian scholar and prince of San Severo
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