Sansevieria trifasciata, Tiger's Tail, Mother-in-law's Tongue
I have known this plant since childhood. It was abundant in my elementary school yard---we called it Tiger's Tail. But I have never seen it with flowers before. Sansevieria trifasciata is a native to tropical West Africa, an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant forming dense stands. It is also commonly known as Snake Plant because of the shape of its leaves or Mother-in-law's Tongue because of their sharpness.
In China and Japan, it is called Tiger's Tail Orchid; in Brazil, it is commonly known as espada-de-sao-jorge (sword of Saint George). In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. The leaves are also used for fiber production, the sap has antiseptic qualities, and the leaves are used as bandages in traditional first aid. This plant makes a good houseplant--it is believed to act as a good air purifier. Some reports seem to suggest that Sansevieria produces oxygen at night, which makes it suitable to be placed in the bedroom.
I found these Tiger's Tails at a resort in Montalban, Rizal.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. ~ Mahatma Gandhi