African Plant Database

Afrothismia foertheriana Franke, Sainge & Agerer
Family : Burmanniaceae
Protologue : Blumea 49: 451 (2004)
Information on the genus : Afrothismia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Myco-heterotrophic herb; stem whitish to yellowish, with scale-like leaves, sometimes branched, distinctly ribbed, to 3,7 cm long, 1,7 cm Ø; leaves ± triangular, 2,7-5x1,1-2,5 mm; inflorescence 1-2-flowered; flowers sessile, zygomorphic, epigynous; fruit a pyxidium 3,8x5,8 mm.
Ecology : On a narrow terrace, nestled into a deep slope, covered by open forest with Antidesma vogelianum, Cola flavo-velutina, Craterispermum aristatum, Dicranolepis disticha, D. sp., Diospyros cinnabarina, etc… Growing not in company with other myco-heterotrophic plants; growing in groups of scattered individuals; 220 m alt.
  Related to A. amietii.
  The type locality belongs to one of the richest plant diversity centres in Africa. Critically endangered (illegal logging, oil palm and cocoa cultivation).
  Known from the type collected in 2002, and perhaps at 2 other spots (Onana & Cheek, l.c.).
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carte afrique num 127609
Record n°127609
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