African Plant Database

Xerophyta suaveolens (Greves) N. L. Menezes
Protologue : Ci. & Cult. 23(3): 422 (1971)
Information on the genus : Xerophyta
Basionym : Vellozia suaveolens Greves
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Xerophyta suaveolens (Greves) N. L. Menezes var. suaveolens (1971)
 Vellozia suaveolens Greves (1921)
Taxon infra-specific
Xerophyta suaveolens (Greves) N. L. Menezes var. suaveolens (1971)
Xerophyta suaveolens var. vestita L. B. Sm. & Ayensu (1974)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub 0,15-2 m tall, with blackish fibrous erect stem arising from base 5-20 cm Ø, irregularly branched; leaves 3-13 in apical tufts; sheath 3-6 cm long, dark brown, quickly disintegrating into stiff fibres; blade linear, 3-66x0,15-1,3 cm, glabrous below, scabrous above with fine ascending hook-like trichomes, margins glabrous or ciliate; flowers 1-8 tufted at ends of branches, precocious; peduncle 2,5-16 cm long; perianth greenish-cream of white to mauve, pink, deep purple to blue; segments lanceolate, 2-6,5x2,5-1,6 cm; ovary with erect forked or stellate and shortly stiff-rayed hairs; capsule trigonal, 0,7-2,2x0,4-1,7 cm; seeds minute, numerous.
Ecology : Mopane-Acacia- and miombo woodland; rocky places; sandy slopes; stream banks; often in dry situations; bare exposed rocks; cliff in Brachystegia woodland; termitaria; savanna; 250-1700 m alt.
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carte afrique num 177272
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