African Plant Database

Afrothismia baerae Cheek
Family : Burmanniaceae
Protologue : Kew Bull. 58: 951 (2003)
Information on the genus : Afrothismia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Achlorophyllous mycotrophic herb c. 3 cm tall; rhizome succulent, provided with several clusters c. 6 mm Ø of 20-30 bulbils, each bulbil c. 1,5 mm Ø, globose to broadly ellipsoid; flower-bearing stems vertical, 3-6 cm long, c. 2,5 mm Ø; leaves 1-2 per stem, alternate, pale brown, ovate, 3,5-4x2,5-3,5 mm; flowers 2-3 per stem, single in bract axils, slightly zygomorphic, perianth tube dark purple; fruit and seeds unknown.
Ecology : Evergreen coastal forest remnant with Antiaris sp., Milicia sp., Lovoa sp., Celtis mildbraedii, Quassia undulata, Hymenaea sp., Julbernardia sp., etc…on deep, well-drained red soil formed from well-weathered Margarine Sands overlying Shimba Grit and Mazeras Sandstone; 360-400 m alt.
  Related to A. amietae. Differs from all other previously known species in having a completely erect perianth tube.
  Extremely vulnerable. Known only from the type collected in 2002 (seven specimens).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 125856
Record n°125856
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