Sansevieria pinguicula - the 'walking' Sansevieria

Walker, Colin (2021). Sansevieria pinguicula - the 'walking' Sansevieria. Cactus & Succulent Review(31) pp. 17–20.


Sansevieria pinguicula is very distinctive and relatively slow growing. It was first described in 1964 by Peter Bally from plants he discovered in the Tana River region of Kenya. Today it is still known as having a restricted distribution and is endemic to the Coast Province in eastern Kenya. Bally named his new species pinguicula from the diminutive of the Latin pinguis meaning fat, for the somewhat fattish leaves. In the last decade S. pinguicula has been shown to be more diverse than previously understood. Plants with a distichous, as opposed to rosulate, leaf arrangement have been described as f. disticha; this has shorter leaves only up to 15 cm long that curve upwards. In contrast, Sansevieria pinguicula subsp. nana, the name meaning ‘dwarf’, has shorter, dark green leaves and white flowers.

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