African Plant Database

Xerophyta nutans L. B. Sm. & Ayensu
Protologue : Kew Bull. 29(1): 195 (1974)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Xerophyta nutans L. B. Sm. & Ayensu var. nutans
Taxon infra-specific
Xerophyta nutans L. B. Sm. & Ayensu var. nutans
Xerophyta nutans var. plumosa Behnke
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrubby herb 0,2-0,5 m tall, with a fibrous, few-branched stem, the main branch to 3 cm Ø, flowering branches short; leaves arcuate, 2-10 tufted at ends; sheath 2-4,5 cm long, blackish-brown; blade 3,5-40 cm x 1-8 mm, filiform-attenuate towards apex, covered with flat linear-lanceolate grey trichomes below !, glabrous above !, minute prickle-like trichomes spaced along margins; flowers 1-4, in tufts at ends of small branches; peduncle 5-14 cm long, stellate-pubescent; perianth pale lilac; segments 2,5-3x0,5-0,8 cm.
Ecology : Abundant in Brachystegia woodland forming extensive patches; common over large areas on rocky slopes and ridges; smooth exposed rocky slab; 510-2130 m alt.
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 15781
Record n°15781
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