African Plant Database

Xerophyta simulans L. B. Sm. & Ayensu
Protologue : Kew Bull. 29(1): 189 (1974)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb often shrubby; stem 0,1-2,4 m tall; ultimate branches erect, very short, 1 cm Ø; leaf sheaths c. 4 cm long, dark castaneous, quickly disintegrating after abscission; blade linear, to 30x0,7 cm, sparsely pubescent at least near base with straight white, ± plumose hairs; peduncles 1-4 at apex of each branch, 1-5 cm long; perianth white or pale mauve; tepals 2-4 cm long; ovary narrowly ovoid to subcylindric, densely hairy; stigmatic region 11-17 mm long.
Ecology : Dry rocks; short turf over granite outcrops; stony hillsides; round gneiss rocks, following Selaginella njamnjamensis in succession from bare rock; almost bare rocky slopes with Boswellia papyrifera, Terminalia brownii, Lannea fulva, Euphorbia magnicapsula, etc..; sometimes gregarious; 750-1400 m alt.
  Near X. suaveolens.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 15787
Record n°15787
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