What Is The Scientific Name Of Snake Plant? (ANSWER)

What Is The Scientific Name Of Snake Plant? (ANSWER)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF SNAKE PLANT – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of snake plant.

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Also known as Saint George’s sword, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, it is a flowering plant in the Asparagaceae family.

It is an evergreen perennial plant which forms dense stand which spreads by way of its creeping rhizome. Its leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. It also has dark green with light gray-green cross-banding.

It is known for being an air purifier since it has the capability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, as well as emitting oxygen and filters other toxins from the air.

Its common names “mother-in-law’s tongue”, “Saint George’s sword” or “snake plant” is due to the shape and sharp margins of its leaves. The other names “viper’s bowstring hemp” is because it is one of the sources for plant fibers used to make bowstrings.

It is known in other nations as the following:

  • China – hǔwěilán (虎尾兰 or 虎尾蘭,) “tiger’s tail orchid”
  • Puerto Rico – lengua de vaca “cow’s tongue”
  • Japan – tora no o (とらのお) “tiger’s tail”
  • Turkey – paşa kılıcı “pasha’s sword”
  • Portugal and Brazil – espada de São Jorge “sword of Saint George”
  • Netherlands and Belguim – vrouwentong “women’s tongue”
  • Russia – тёщин язык “mother-in-law’s tongue” or щучий хвост “pike’s tail”.


The binomial name of snake plant is Dracaena trifasciata.

Dracaena is a genus of the Asparagaceae family amd the Nolinoideae subfamily. It is a romanized form of the Ancient Greek term drakaina which means “female dragon”.

The specific epithet trifasciata, on the other hand, means “three bundles”.

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