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I was introduced to the Snake plant or Sanseviera pearsonii when I was in Botswana on holiday a few years back. The plant was used to line a path, probably to keep you on the path as the plant is very sharp. An encounter with it could prove fatal. it is often known as “Bobbejaan se dood” (Afrikaans).

Sansevieria is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants, whose common names include mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue,jinn‘s tongue, bow-string hemp, snake plant and snake tongue. The plants are often used to make rope.

The Snake plant is also on the SANBI threatened red data list