African Plant Database

Xerophyta schlechteri (Baker) N.L. Menezes
Protologue : Ci. & Cult. 23(3): 422 (1971)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Basionym : Vellozia schlechteri Baker
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vellozia schlechteri Baker (1904)
 Barbacenia schlechteri (Baker) Burtt Davy
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vellozia rosea Baker (1904)
=Barbacenia rosea (Baker) Pax ex Burtt Davy (1912)
=Xerophyta rosea (Baker) N.L. Menezes (1971)
=Xerophyta schlechteri auct.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Rhizomatous herb or subshrub 10-30 cm tall, erect, sticky, ± stemless; leaves 8-16, rosulate at top of plant at ground level; sheath 1,5-3 cm long; blade persistent, slowly and irregulary disintegrating with age, 5-30x0,1-0,7 cm, acuminate, glabrous, margins serrate; flowers solitary at ends of stems; peduncle 12-15 cm long; perianth white; segments lanceolate, 1,2-3x0,15-0,17 cm, gland-dotted; stigmatic region of ovary 3-5 mm long; ovary sticky.
Ecology : Open savanna; rocky hillsides; dambos; shallow soil over rock; sometimes on bare granite hills or associated with the Great Dyke (Zimbabwe) and serpentine soils; often forming pure colonies or close mats to 3 m wide; 300-1750 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.1 - 0.3 m. Alt: 1250 - 1700 m. Distribution: LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 107 (1995).
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