African Plant Database

Dracaena calocephala Bos
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Dracaena W. Africa (Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 84(1): 42 (1984)
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Dracaena adamii auct. sensu Hepper p.p. quoad specim. Adam 21103, 21220, 21407
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrubby herb, height unknown, presumably modest; stems rhizomatous, horizontal, short, slender, covered by 1-2 cm long prophylls, branched, giving rise to erect stems hidden from view by the evenly distributed leaves, or almost acaulescent and subrosulate; leaves obovate-oblong, 18-51x3-6,5 cm, acuminate, with inrolled margins; false petiole indistinct, 0,5-1,5 cm wide, with open 2-5 cm long sheath; inflorescence terminal, globose, 5-7 cm long, 6-8 cm Ø, with 1-3 transitional leaves 6-10 cm long, axis bearing several closely packed sessile clusters of at least 12-15 flowers each, subtended by almost orbicular, strongly cuspidate bracts, 3-8x3-4 cm, with acuminate tip to 4 cm long; flowers presumably white, 4,9-5,1 cm long, perianth tube c. 3,2 cm long, lobes 1-1,3x0,3 cm; fruit presumably orange, depressed globose, c. 1,5-x1,5-2 cm Ø; seeds unknown.
Ecology : Forest; 450-1000 m alt.
  Confused with D. adamii.
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carte afrique num 14275
Record n°14275
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