African Plant Database

Dracaena phrynioides Hook.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Bot. Mag. t. 5352
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Draco phrynioides (Hook.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Dracaena oculata Linden
=*Dracaena phrynioides var. staudtii Engl.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb or shrub to c. 70 cm tall, usually unbranched, rarely with to 4 branches from a prostrate part not over 5 cm long, ascending into an erect stem rarely up to 10 cm long; leaves alternate, densely imbricate, their bases hiding the stem, rarely in a distichous spiral, 6-92 cm long; petiole erect, 2-62 cm long, base sheathing 1-15 cm long; blade horizontal, ovate, 4-30x3-11 cm, widest below middle, speckled (not always) transversely with pale yellowish elliptic patches; inflorescence terminal, 1,5-10 cm long, usually inclined, 2,5-4 cm Ø, consisting of several closely packed clusters of 3 bracteate sessile flowers each, peduncle 5 cm long; flowers white, sometimes purple tinged towards tip, tube 1,4 cm long, lobes to 8x2 mm; fruit orange-scarlet, tip bifid to each lobe, 0,6-1,5 cm Ø.
Ecology : Rather wet, deep shady sites in fairly undisturbed rain-forest; 50-1500 m alt.
  Confused with D. phanerophlebia.
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carte afrique num 14334
Record n°14334 modified 2007-04-02
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