Mozambique is the birthplace of this Sansevieria subpicata strain. The lanceolate leaves are somewhat curved back and grow upright. They are green to slightly bluish in color, have a length of 20 to 60 centimeters, taper to a tip, and have a length of 20 to 60 centimeters. It’s considered as medium sized sansevieria. Compared to the taller ones, they might look so small!
The leaf edge is green and has a white discoloration as it ages. It’s not a sign that they are sick or anything, it’s just how they are. They look like a cactus at a glance but still is a sansevieria. The panicles of greenish-white blooms stand together.
The inflorescences reach a height of 30 to 40 cm. Quite long and stands out from the middle of the sansevieria’s leaves.
The sansevieria subspicata like to be planted in a sunny to partially shaded location. Semi shaded location would be the best spot for them to grow. They will grow faster during the spring and summer.
Sansevieria subspicata doesn’t really eager for water. It’s okay to water them once in a while since it does not tolerate water-logging. The best temperature for your sansevieria subspicata is 20 to 25°C. When it’s frosting outside, keep them on a warm place with you.
The sansevieria subspicata like a slightly sandy, loose and permeable to water type of soil. Since it doesn’t like much watering, soil is one of the most important thing for them to keep them healthy and away from mushy leaves or a root rot.
Benefits Of Keeping Sansevieria Subspicata With You
Remove Toxic Pollutants
Sanseiveria subspicata are well-known for their capacity to aid in the removal of harmful contaminants from the air. Cancer-causing chemicals can be absorbed by sanseiveria subspicata, but only in little doses. Sansevieria subspicata have the ability to absorb and remove toxic substances, giving them effective protection against allergies in the air.
The interior environment is a common source of benzene exposure. Heating and cooling systems, solvents, paints, and cigarettes are just a few examples. Take a look at this informative article from the World Health Organization. If you are exposed to benzene, you may get headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Chronic exposure to benzene causes malignancies of the blood cells, as evidenced by numerous studies. You can grow snake plants in your home in addition to taking other precautions. Benzene is absorbed by it. According to the NASA study, the sansevieria subspicata (Mother-in-Tongue) Law’s eliminated 52.6 percent of the toxins in a confined chamber. The initial p/m was 0.156, but after 24 hours, it had dropped to 0.074 p/m in the final reading.
Cooking, smoking, cosmetics, paints, and motor fuel combustion are all significant contributors of formaldehyde emissions. Newly constructed homes, flooring, furnishings, and other new things must all be evaluated. Formaldehyde is also on the WHO’s list of indoor air quality guidelines. This formaldehyde instructional piece from the ATSDR contains a wealth of information. Formaldehyde levels that are too high cause respiratory problems as well as discomfort in the eyes, nose, and throat. Chronic exposure can lead to rare malignancies of the nose and throat.
One of the best indoor plants for lowering formaldehyde levels is the sansevieria subspicata! A single plant in the NASA experiment eliminated 31,294 micrograms after a 24-hour exposure.
Humans are poisoned by xylene, as has been widely documented here. Paint, varnish, rust preventives, paint thinners, removers, and insecticides can all expose you to it. If xylene is present in a small concentration in the environment, it will irritate your nose and throat.
Sansevieria subspicata, as well as a variety of other houseplants such as mum and areca palm, can help you get rid of xylene.
Trichloroethylene & Toluene
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is found in printing inks, lacquers, paint removers, varnishes, and adhesives. Here’s a list of some TCE products. TCE is carcinogenic and can irritate the upper respiratory tract and cause nausea, fatigue, and headache.
Toluene affects mental health and causes dysfunction in the nervous system. Long-term exposure to toluene is also known to cause necrosis. It also affects the reproductive system of females and causes developmental problems in children. Gasoline, solvents in paints, plastic and soda bottles, paint cosmetics are its major source.
To lower the risk of Trichloroethylene and Toluene exposure, grow a sansevieria subspicata indoors. In the experiment, it removed up to 13.4 percent of TCE in 24 hours of exposure.
It does have a lot of benefits for filtering the air at home. In these times of concerns, having a sansevieria subspicata is one of the best option.