African Plant Database

Xerophyta spekei Baker
Protologue : J. Bot. 13: 234 (1875) 
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Barbacenia spekei (Baker) Harms
 Vellozia spekei (Baker) Baker
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Barbacenia aequatorialis (Rendle) Harms
=Vellozia aequatorialis Rendle (1895)
=Xerophyta aequatorialis (Rendle) N. L. Menezes (1971)
=Barbacenia helenae Buscal. & Muschl.
=Xerophyta tomentosa (Pax) T. Durand & Schinz
=Vellozia tomentosa (Pax) Baker
=Barbacenia tomentosa Pax
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb or tree 0,5-2-5 m tall; trunk 10-13 cm Ø; stems much branched; rootstock stout, 1,2-1,5 m Ø, decumbent, rooting at base, with erect woody branches 0,6-1,8 cm Ø, densely covered with coarse dry leaf bases; leaf sheaths convex, typically with the midnerve enlarged into a broad subapical umbo, dark castaneous, not disintegrating; blade grass-like, 7-70x0,3-1,2 cm, pilose beneath at least toward base, margins setose-serrate near apex and on midnerve beneath; flowers 1-5 in tufts among leaves; peduncle flexuose, 2-17 cm long, black-glandular in upper half; perianth white to pale blue-lilac or mauve; tepals ± lanceolate, 2-5x0,3-0,8 cm, base glandular; ovary glabrous, viscous-glandular, capsule also so.
Ecology : Rock outcrops; rocky slopes; Brachystegia woodland; 300-1900 m alt.
  Very variable in stature, size of flowers.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 15789
Record n°15789
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