African Plant Database

Afrothismia hydra Sainge & Franke
Family : Burmanniaceae
Protologue : Nord. J. Bot. 23(3): 299 (2005)
Information on the genus : Afrothismia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Myco-heterotrophic herb; stem whitish to yellowish, with clusters of proximally inflated roots and few scale-like leaves, sometimes branching, distinctly ribbed, 1,7-7 cm long, 1,2-2 mm Ø; leaves triangular, lanceolate, 3-4,3x2-2,1 mm; inflorescence 1-6-flowered, a scorpioid cyme; flowers epigynous, zygomorphic; fruit, pyxidium, with a distending column-like structure lifting the placenta 0,9-1,2 cm above the receptacle, exposing the seeds.
Ecology : Growing in groups of scattered individuals within leaf litter; in primary forest with Piptostigma sp., Polyceratocarpus parviflorus, Uvariodendron giganteum, Uvariopsis korupensis, Tabernaemontana brachyantha, etc…; 60-1040 m alt.
  Related to A. winkleri but only half the size.
  First collected in 1949 in Nigeria and proposed as a distinct species by Mildbraed and Keay. First discovered in Cameroon in 2001.
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carte afrique num 127601
Record n°127601
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