Snake Plant Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: What is the scientific name of the plant commonly known as the snake plant?
A: Dracaena trifasciata
B: Dracaena angolensis
C: Dracaena draco
D: Dracaena marginata
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The snake plant is scientifically named Dracaena trifasciata.

2: Which continent are snake plants native to?
A: Asia
B: South America
C: Africa
D: Australia
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Snake plants are native to tropical West Africa, from Nigeria to the Congo.

3: Prior to 2017, what was the synonym used for Dracaena trifasciata?
A: Sansevieria zeylanica
B: Sansevieria trifasciata
C: Sansevieria francisii
D: Sansevieria cylindrica
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Before 2017, Dracaena trifasciata was known by the synonym Sansevieria trifasciata.

4: What is the common name for Dracaena trifasciata in Brazil?
A: Viper’s bowstring hemp
B: Saint George’s sword
C: Mother-in-law’s tongue
D: Elephant ear
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In Brazil, Dracaena trifasciata is commonly known as “Saint George’s sword.”

5: What family does the snake plant belong to?
A: Fabaceae
B: Rosaceae
C: Asparagaceae
D: Euphorbiaceae
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The snake plant belongs to the family Asparagaceae.

6: What feature makes the snake plant a popular houseplant?
A: Needs a lot of sunlight
B: Tolerates irregular watering and low light
C: Requires frequent fertilizing
D: Needs daily misting
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Snake plants are popular houseplants because they tolerate low light levels and irregular watering.

7: What process allows snake plants to withstand drought?
A: Crassulacean acid metabolism
B: Photosynthesis
C: Transpiration
D: Chlorosis
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Snake plants use crassulacean acid metabolism, which allows them to withstand drought by opening stomata only at night.

8: How do snake plants exchange gases at night?
A: Photosynthesis
B: Phloem activity
C: Stomata opening
D: Root respiration
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The plant’s stomata open only at night to exchange gases and prevent water loss via evaporation.

9: What is the specific epithet of Dracaena trifasciata and what does it mean?
A: Monstera, meaning ‘monster’
B: Trifasciata, meaning ‘three bundles’
C: Albiflora, meaning ‘white flower’
D: Tinctoria, meaning ‘dyed’
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The specific epithet “trifasciata” means “three bundles.”

10: Which NASA study found Dracaena trifasciata effective at filtering indoor air despite its slow filtration rate?
A: Oxygen Generation Study
B: Indoor Air Quality Study
C: Clean Air Study
D: Carbon Sequestration Study
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The NASA Clean Air Study found Dracaena trifasciata has potential to filter indoor air, although its filtration rate is too slow for practical use.

11: Who discovered the dwarf cultivar ‘Hahnii’ of the snake plant?
A: Sylvan Frank Hahn
B: William W. Smith Jr.
C: George Prain
D: Carl Mabb
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: ‘Hahnii’ dwarf cultivar was discovered by William W. Smith Jr. in 1939.

12: What is one of the primary uses of the plant fiber extracted from Dracaena trifasciata?
A: Paper production
B: Textile dyeing
C: Bowstring making
D: Rope crafting
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The plant fiber from Dracaena trifasciata was once used to make bowstrings, hence the name “viper’s bowstring hemp.”

13: What color can the flowers of the snake plant range from?
A: Blue to purple
B: Red to pink
C: Greenish white to cream-colored
D: Yellow to orange
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The flowers of the snake plant can vary from greenish white to cream-colored.

14: Which award has the variety D. trifasciata var. laurentii received from the Royal Horticultural Society?
A: Best Indoor Plant Award
B: Award of Garden Merit
C: Environmental Impact Award
D: Houseplant of the Year
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: D. trifasciata var. laurentii has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

15: Who is the orisha associated with snake plant specimens with yellow stripes in Nigeria?
A: Yemoja
B: Ọya
C: Shango
D: Obatala
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In Nigeria, snake plant specimens with yellow stripes are associated with Ọya, the female orisha of storms.

16: What toxic compounds are found in the snake plant that can affect pets if consumed?
A: Alkaloids
B: Saponins
C: Glycosides
D: Terpenoids
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The plant contains saponins, which are mildly toxic and can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets if consumed.

17: What environmental conditions may cause snake plants to rot easily?
A: Too much sunlight
B: Overwatering
C: Low temperatures
D: High humidity
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Snake plants rot easily if they are overwatered.

18: What common name is given to the snake plant due to the shape and margins of its leaves?
A: Dragon’s tooth
B: Serpent’s tail
C: Mother-in-law’s tongue
D: Ogre’s club
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The common name “mother-in-law’s tongue” is given due to the shape and sharp margins of its leaves.

19: Which painting by Grant Wood features the snake plant on its porch?
A: American Gothic
B: Christina’s World
C: The Persistence of Memory
D: The Scream
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Grant Wood’s 1930 painting “American Gothic” has a snake plant visible on the porch.

20: What African deity is linked to the snake plant in its native range?
A: Ogun
B: Shango
C: Obatala
D: Olokun
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: In Africa, the snake plant is commonly linked with Ògún, the orisha of war.

21: In South Africa, what ailment is the snake plant used to treat?
A: Skin rashes
B: Ear infections
C: Headaches
D: Stomach aches
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In South Africa, the snake plant is used to treat ear infections.

22: Which cultivar of the snake plant is known for its variegated foliage with yellow stripes?
A: Compacta
B: Goldiana
C: Laurentii
D: Silbersee
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Laurentii’ is known for its variegated foliage with yellow stripes.

23: How tall can the leaves of the snake plant grow in optimal conditions?
A: Up to 1 meter
B: Over 2 meters
C: Up to 1.5 meters
D: Under 1 meter
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The leaves of the snake plant can grow over 2 meters tall in optimal conditions.

24: Which method of propagation for snake plants may cause the variegation to be lost?
A: Seed propagation
B: Grafting
C: Cuttings
D: Air layering
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Propagating snake plants by cuttings may cause the variegation to be lost.

25: Which feature of the snake plant contributes to reducing the symptoms of sick building syndrome?
A: Its ability to produce flowers
B: Its potential to filter indoor air
C: Its aesthetic appeal
D: Its quick growth rate
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The snake plant’s potential to filter indoor air contributes to reducing the symptoms of sick building syndrome.

26: What substance makes up the microscopic pores on the snake plant’s leaves used for gas exchange?
A: Xylem
B: Stomata
C: Phloem
D: Cuticle
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The microscopic pores on the snake plant’s leaves used for gas exchange are called stomata.

27: What nickname is given to Dracaena trifasciata due to its durability and ease of care?
A: Warrior Plant
B: Survival Plant
C: Immortal Plant
D: Bulletproof Plant
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Dracaena trifasciata is sometimes called the “Immortal Plant” due to its durability and ease of care.

28: Why should the snake plant be watered sparingly during winter?
A: To prevent rapid growth
B: To avoid root rot
C: To enhance leaf color
D: To mimic tropical rainfall patterns
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The snake plant should be watered sparingly during winter to avoid root rot.

29: Which cultivar of Dracaena trifasciata was assigned a patent in 1941?
A: Hahnii
B: Laurentii
C: Silbersee
D: Compacta
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Hahnii’ was assigned a patent in 1941.

30: What is the main reason snake plants are recommended to beginners cultivating houseplants?
A: Their exotic look
B: Their variety of colors
C: Their easy care
D: Their scent
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Snake plants are recommended to beginners due to their easy care.

31: In which religion is the plant used for rituals to remove the evil eye in Nigeria?
A: Yoruba
B: Islam
C: Christianity
D: Judaism
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: In the Yoruba religion, the snake plant is used in rituals to remove the evil eye.

32: Where can snake plants commonly be found as a form of ornamental plant?
A: Tropical gardens only
B: Indoor houseplants in cooler climates
C: Underwater gardens
D: Arctic gardens
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Snake plants are commonly used as indoor houseplants in cooler climates.

33: Which orisha does the snake plant represent in the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda?
A: Yemanja
B: Shango
C: Ogum
D: Orunmila
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: In Umbanda, the snake plant represents the orisha Ogum.

34: What happens if a non-variegated form of Dracaena trifasciata is sold incorrectly?
A: It will not grow
B: It will turn yellow
C: It is often sold as Sansevieria zeylanica
D: It will become invasive
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Non-variegated forms of Dracaena trifasciata are often incorrectly sold as Sansevieria zeylanica.

35: What is the term for new snake plant shoots that grow from the base of the parent plant?
A: Rhizomes
B: Cuttings
C: Clones
D: Suckers
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: New snake plant shoots that grow from the base are called rhizomes.

36: What do the variegated stripes on snake plant leaves consist of?
A: Chlorophyll pigments
B: Air pockets
C: Crystals
D: Water channels
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The variegated stripes on snake plant leaves consist of different chlorophyll pigments.

37: Which property of the snake plant helps prevent water loss during hot weather?
A: Thick root system
B: Wax-coated leaves
C: Deep soil penetration
D: Stomata opening at night
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The stomata of the snake plant open at night to prevent water loss during hot weather.

38: Which cultivar of the snake plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit along with Laurentii and Golden Hahnii?
A: Hahnii
B: Bantel’s Sensation
C: Silbersee
D: Goldiana
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Bantel’s Sensation’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

39: What is the primary characteristic of the cultivar ‘Compacta’?
A: Tall, thin leaves
B: Dwarf growth habit
C: Rich, vibrant flowers
D: Broad, wide leaves
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Compacta’ is known for its dwarf growth habit.

40: What award did the cultivar ‘Golden Hahnii’ receive?
A: Environmental Impact Award
B: Best New Plant Award
C: Award of Garden Merit
D: Best Indoor Plant
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Golden Hahnii’ has received the Award of Garden Merit.

41: When do snake plants typically bloom?
A: In the spring
B: During the day
C: At night
D: In the winter
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Some snake plant flowers are fragrant and bloom at night.

42: Which part of the snake plant contains the mildly toxic saponins?
A: Roots only
B: Leaves and roots
C: Flowers only
D: Seed pods
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The leaves and roots of the snake plant contain mildly toxic saponins.

43: Which award-winning variety was discovered in 1939?
A: Hahnii
B: Laurentii
C: Silbersee
D: Compacta
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Hahnii variety was discovered in 1939 by William W. Smith Jr.

44: What is a common recommendation for watering snake plants during winter?
A: Water every week
B: Water every two months
C: Water daily
D: Maintain soil moisture constantly
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: During winter, snake plants are commonly recommended to be watered only once every couple of months.

45: What characteristic makes snake plants well-suited for ornamental use outdoors in warmer regions?
A: Their rapid growth rate
B: Their ability to withstand drought
C: Their colorful flowers
D: Their high nutrient requirements
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Snake plants are well-suited for ornamental use outdoors in warmer regions due to their ability to withstand drought.

46: What color stripes are commonly found on the leaf margins of variegated snake plants?
A: Red stripes
B: Yellow or silvery-white stripes
C: Blue stripes
D: Dark green stripes
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Variegated snake plants often have yellow or silvery-white stripes on their leaf margins.

47: What is a cultural practice involving snake plants in Brazil besides repelling evil spirits?
A: Creating medicinal tea
B: Using as incense
C: Growing to prevent weather damage
D: Weaving baskets
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: In Brazil, yellow-edged varieties of the snake plant are grown to protect against inclement weather.

48: According to NASA studies, why isn’t the snake plant effective as a practical indoor air purifier?
A: Its slow filtration rate
B: Its large space requirement
C: Its need for bright light
D: Its short lifespan
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Due to its slow filtration rate, the snake plant isn’t effective as a practical indoor air purifier.

49: Where in a house is a snake plant commonly placed due to its low maintenance?
A: Dark corners
B: Kitchen countertops
C: Bathrooms
D: Basements
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Snake plants are often placed in dark corners due to their low maintenance requirements and tolerance of low light levels.

50: What is the potential risk of having snake plants around pets?
A: They attract insects
B: They are a source of allergens
C: They contain saponins, which can cause gastrointestinal upset
D: They are water-intensive plants
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The saponins in snake plants can cause gastrointestinal upset if consumed by pets.

51: How did the snake plant get the nickname “viper’s bowstring hemp”?
A: Its leaves resemble snakeskin
B: Its fibers were used to make bowstrings
C: It grows rapidly like a snake moving
D: It produces venom-like sap
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The fibers of the snake plant were used to make bowstrings, leading to the nickname “viper’s bowstring hemp.”

52: Which species is often incorrectly sold as non-variegated Dracaena trifasciata?
A: Sansevieria cylindrica
B: Sansevieria zeylanica
C: Sansevieria subspicata
D: Sansevieria ehrenbergii
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Non-variegated Dracaena trifasciata is often incorrectly sold as Sansevieria zeylanica.

53: What is the primary cause of fungal infections in snake plants?
A: Excessive sunlight
B: Insufficient watering
C: Excessive humidity
D: Overwatering
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Overwatering is the primary cause of fungal infections in snake plants.

54: In what form is Dracaena trifasciata predominantly found in cooler climates?
A: Aquatic plant
B: Indoor houseplant
C: Ground cover
D: Climber plant
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In cooler climates, Dracaena trifasciata is predominantly found as an indoor houseplant.

55: What is one of the names given to snake plants due to their leaf appearance?
A: Devil’s spine
B: Dragon’s scales
C: Mother-in-law’s tongue
D: Wizard’s wand
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: One of the names given to snake plants due to their leaf appearance is “mother-in-law’s tongue.”

56: What type of metabolism allows snake plants to survive in arid conditions?
A: Aerobic respiration
B: C3 photosynthesis
C: Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM)
D: Anaerobic respiration
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Snake plants survive in arid conditions using crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM).

57: What plant care practice is crucial for preventing snake plants from rotting?
A: Frequent fertilizing
B: Regular misting
C: Sparing watering
D: Daily sunlight exposure
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Sparing watering is crucial to prevent snake plants from rotting.

58: What part of the snake plant helps it to spread and form dense strands?
A: Tubers
B: Creeping rhizome
C: Stolons
D: Taproots
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The snake plant spreads and forms dense strands using its creeping rhizome.

59: Which plant process describes the opening of stomata at night for gas exchange?
A: C4 photosynthesis
B: CAM photosynthesis
C: C3 metabolism
D: Night respiration
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The opening of stomata at night for gas exchange is part of CAM photosynthesis.

60: What visual element is shared by snake plants and the painting “American Gothic”?
A: A vase of flowers
B: A decorative pot
C: A wide, tall window
D: A snake plant visible on the porch
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood features a snake plant visible on the porch.

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