Terri Donsker To Charm Us With A Snake Dance

Snake Dance 1Our Next Speaker on Thursday, May 16, is our own Horticulture Committee Chair Terri Donsker. Her talk is entitled “Snake Dance with Sansevierias”.  This will be held at the Stratham Community Church and the doors open at 9:30. The public is welcome. Terri sent us a little teaser for the program. Read on…..

Sansevierias  “At Home”

In preparation for my talk “Snake Dance” next week, I am including the habitat shots of sansevieria in the landscape. Also included here are images of plants in  flower and fruit. As you can see, the habitat is dry and in some cases, quite stark. The delicate blossoms, from white to lavender to pale pink appear on a spike that can be several feet tall. The fruit is in the form of a berry, usually orange.

Finally, I have included a few interesting medicinal uses to which the various parts of the plant have been put — but I am no authority on efficacy. So, enjoy the pictures. Hopefully they will whet your appetite for your encounter with the “snakes” themselves.

 – Terri Donsker

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Properties and Use

Sansevieria aethiopica – in southern Africa roots are used to treat hemorrhoids, diarrhea and abdominal pain trails.

Sansevieria trifasciata is used in the treatment of venereal diseases, otitis, migraines, seizures.

In Kenya the root decoction of Sansevieria sp. To treat malaria and as a purgative.

An extract from the leaves and flowers of Sansevieria trifasciata has diuretic action.

The ingestion of leaves of Sansevieria trifasciata cause excessive salivation after ingestion.

May cause dermatitis.

Bearing Fruit

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