African Plant Database

Xerophyta rippsteinii L. B. Sm., J.-P. Lebrun & Stork
Protologue : Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., sect B Ser. 4, 8(3): 297 (1986)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb forming fairly dense tussocks of unbranched stems from short rhizomes; stem densely covered in persistent fibrous leaf-sheats; leaf sheaths 0,5-1 cm long, brown when young, breaking up into grey fibres; blades few, linear, strongly recurved, to 10x0,7 cm, densely covered with soft cylindrical hairs and some complex hairs below, upper surface with simple hairs or glabrous; flowers solitary, peduncle 2-5 cm long; top of peduncle and ovary densely covered with thick stiff simple hairs; mature seeds unknown.
Ecology : Coarse sandy soil with outcrops of whitish-grey rock; locally common with Sporobolus ruspolianus; 400-500 m alt.
  Near X. schnizleinia.
  • Behnke, H.D. & E. Hummel & al. (2013). A revision of African Velloziaceae based on leaf anatomy characters and rbcL nucleotide sequences. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 172: 39
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