All change in Dracaena and Sansevieria

Walker, Colin (2014). All change in Dracaena and Sansevieria. CactusWorld, 32(2) pp. 140–141.


Dracaena is a genus of over 60 species, widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics, especially in Africa (Walker, 2001). They are mainly herbs or trees and a few are commonly grown as shrubby houseplants, especially the variegated forms. A few species have massive pachycaul stems and are known as ‘dragon trees’. These were a source of dragon’s blood resin, a dried exudate from cut stems that was a commercially important export, notably from Socotra. Dracaena draco is the famous dragon tree from the Canary Islands and Madeira, that is widely cultivated in countries with a Mediterranean-type climate. In pots the plants are slow growing and less impressive.

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