Sansevieria or mother-in-law-tongue

Sansevieria or mother-in-law-tongue is a genus of ornamental plants that are quite popular as an ornamental part of the house because this plant can grow in conditions of little water and sunlight. Sansevieria have hard leaves, succulent, erect, with pointed tip.

Sansevieria, whose common names include: mother-in-law's tongue, devil's tongue, jinn's tongue, and snake plant, because of the sharp, is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants in the family Ruscaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World. Sanseviera not only as an ornamental plant, but also has benefits to nourish hair, treat diabetes, hemorrhoids, to malignant cancer. While fiber is used as clothing material. In Japan, Sanseviera used to remove the smell of home furnishings in the room.

Compared to other plants, Sanseviera have the privilege to absorb toxic substances, such as carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene.

Several species are popular houseplants in temperate regions, with Sansevieria trifasciata the most widely sold; numerous cultivars are available. The Chinese usually keep this plant potted in a pot often ornated with dragons and phoenixes. Growth is comparatively slow and the plant will last for many years. The tall-growing plants have stiff, erect, lance-shaped leaves while the dwarf plants grow in rosettes. As houseplants, Sansevieria thrive on warmth and bright light, but will also tolerate shade. Sansevieria can rot from over-watering, so it is important that they are potted in well-drained soil, and not over-watered. In Seoul, potted Sansevieria is commonly presented as a gift during opening ceremonies of businesses or other auspicious events.

Another beautiful species is Sansevieria cylindrica which has leaves which look quite different from the "traditional" Sansevieria genus, but equally tough. Air Purification

Like the Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans), Sansevieria species are believed to act as good air purifiers by removing toxins (such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene) from the air, thereby gaining a reputation as a good cure for sick building syndrome. Some reports seem to suggest that Sansevieria produces oxygen at night which makes it suitable as a plant to be placed in the bedroom.
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