African Plant Database

Xerophyta argentea (Wild) L. B. Sm. & Ayensu
Protologue : Kew Bull. 198 (1974)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Basionym : Vellozia argentea Wild
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vellozia argentea Wild (1964)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to shrub, 0,3-4 m tall; stem erect, to 2,3 cm Ø, unbranched or sparsely so, branches with mantle of closely packed leaf-bases; leaves 3-7 tufted at branch-ends; leaf-sheath base 1-2,5 cm long, scale-like; blade rigid, linear, attenuate, 4-30x0,1-0,5 cm, margin entire, silvery, densely tomentose below (trichomes in bundles), sparsely hairy to subglabrous above; flowers 1-4 at branch-ends, sweet-scented; peduncle 2,5-16,5 cm long; perianth blue, light purple or pinkish; segments oblong-elliptic, rounded, 1,5-3,5x0,35-1,4 cm.
Ecology : Rocky grassland, common among quartzite crags on cliff-ledges; 1500-2150 m alt.
  Known only from the type locality.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 15766
Record n°15766 modified 2004-11-23
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