Sansevieria trifasciata Prain or the Snake Plant may look familiar as some varieties are commonly used as household plants and in gardens. This stemless plant features stiff erect leaves with light and dark green cross bands. It is also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
Snake plant leaves are boiled in water to bathe skin sores and rashes, and fresh leaves can be chewed for snakebites. Juice extracted from mashed leaves is put into water to prevent diseases among fowl in the barnyard. The leaves can also be pounded and produce a fiber which is used to make rope.
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