African Plant Database

Xerophyta kirkii (Hemsl.) L. B. Sm. & Ayensu
Protologue : Kew Bull. 29(1): 201 (1974)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Basionym : Vellozia kirkii Hemsl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vellozia kirkii Hemsl. (1904)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Subshrub to tree 0,9-2 m tall; stem fibrous, erect, branched or unbranched, 1,3-2,5 cm Ø, with short thick primary branches 1,5 cm Ø and numerous short flowering shoots, thickly coated with compact leaf-bases, the whole often 30-40 cm across at base; leaves 3-10 in apical tufts, suberect to pendulous; sheath 1,5-4 cm long, apex rounded; blade 1,5-30x c. 1 cm, apex acute, gland-spotted; flowers 1-6 in tufts at tips; peduncle ± erect, 4,5-12 cm long, sticky; perianth white or with a very pale lilac or mauve tint, reddish-lilac or dusky violet, sometimes the throat green at base; segments 2,5-6,5x0,5-1,2 cm; capsule sometimes with viscous exudate, indehiscent.
Ecology : Savanna; grassland; rocky outcrops; 1200-2150 m alt.
  Near X. splendens (for differences, see White & al., l.c.).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 15779
Record n°15779
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