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 (săn′sə-vîr′ē-ə, -vē-ĕr′-)
Any of various tropical plants of the genus Sansevieria, native to Africa and Asia, having thick, usually lance-shaped leaves and often cultivated as houseplants.

[New Latin Sansevieria, genus name, after Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771), Prince of San Seviero, Italy.]
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(Plants) 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)
[New Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), Italian scholar and prince of San Severo]
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(ˌsæn sə viˈɪər i ə, -səˈvɪər i ə)

n., pl. -ri•as.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Sansevieria, having sword-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers.
[1795–1805; < New Latin, after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan]
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Noun1.sansevieria - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fibersansevieria - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
genus Sansevieria - Old World tropical herbaceous perennial of the agave family; in some classifications considered a genus of Liliaceae
Ceylon bowstring hemp, Sansevieria zeylanica - plant having thick fibrous leaves transversely banded in light and dark green
mother-in-law's tongue, Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant - stemless plant having narrow rigid leaves often cultivated as a houseplant
bowstring hemp - strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage
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Commonly known as snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue, sansevieria are much more soothing to have around than either of their nicknames suggests.
2) Sansevieria trifasciata, or snake plant, removes most of the toxins found in the air and purifies it by producing oxygen.
In fact, the entire sansevieria clan has become very collectable.
Snake Plant: Also known as Sansevieria, it is an ideal indoor plant as it purifies the air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides.
7 Sansevieria laurentii (mother-in-law's tongue) is one of the most indestructible plants.
SANSEVIERIA LAURENTII: MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TONGUE ONE of the most indestructible houseplants (inset centre).
(2013) also described that carbonized rice husk associated with coconut fiber allowed for superior root length of Sansevieria cylindrica, probably due to low density and the percentage of major macropores that would facilitate the excess water flow, favoring root development.
Fazendo evoluir o projeto, em abril de 2013, para a experiencia da Ocupacao da Moradia Estudantil da UNICAMP, as plantas escolhidas foram da especie Sansevieria Trifasciata, popularmente conhecidas por Espada de Sao Jorge (Figura 3).
These were garlic, Andrographis paniculata (King of bitters); Chilli pepper seeds; lemongrass; Datura stramonium (Thornapple); Bitter kola seeds; tobacco plant; Ocimum gratissimum (Scent leaf); Sansevieria trifasciata (Mother-in-Law tongue); Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow alder); and Vetiveria zizanioides (Poaceae Vetiver).