Jun 17, 2021

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

 

Dracaena trifasciata is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hemp, among other names.

It is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range from 70–90 centimetres long and 5–6 centimetres wide, though it can reach heights above 2 meters in optimal conditions.

The specific epithet trifasciata means "three bundles".

The plant exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide using the crassulacean acid metabolism process, which allows them to withstand drought. The microscopic pores on the plant's leaves, called the stomata and used to exchange gases, are only opened at night to prevent water from escaping via evaporation in the hot sun. It is a weed in some parts of northern Australia.
 
 1/125 sn.
F/1,8
5,58 mm
ISO 64
Huawei P20 Pro

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